short posterior ciliary arterymedical dictionary

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<anatomy> One of approximately seven branches of the ophthalmic artery which pass around the optic nerve to supply the eyeball. Dividing into some 15-20 branches, they penetrate the sclera adjacent to the optic nerve, supplying the choroid and ciliary processes. Anastomoses: with central retinal artery and long and anterior ciliary arteries (at the ora serrata).

Synonyms: arteria ciliaris posterior brevis.

(05 Mar 2000)