The aorta, the great artery, is the largest artery of the human body and carries oxygenated blood ejected from the left ventricle to the systemic circulation. It is divided into:

It has branches from each section and gradually tapers down to its termination where it bifurcates into the common iliac arteries anterior to the L4 vertebral body.

Variant anatomy

Anatomy: Thoracic

Anatomy: Thoracic

Article information

rID: 914
System: Vascular
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: aorta
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  • Figure 2: mediastinum (Gray's illustration)
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