Popliteal artery



popliteal artery n.
An artery that is the continuation of the femoral artery in the popliteal space, bifurcating into the anterior and posterior tibial arteries, with branches to the lateral and medial superior genicular, middle genicular, lateral and medial inferior genicular, and sural arteries.

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    popliteal entrapment syndrome n. A crush syndrome resulting from compression of the popliteal artery and impairment of its blood flow by structures of the popliteal space.

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    popliteal ligament n.



  • Popliteal muscle

    popliteal muscle n. A muscle with origin from the lateral condyle of the femur, with insertion into the posterior surface of the tibia, with nerve supply from the tibial nerve, and whose action flexes the leg and rotates it medially.

  • Popliteal vein

    popliteal vein n. A vein that arises at the lower border of the popliteal muscle by union of the anterior and posterior tibial veins and enters the great adductor muscle to become the femoral vein.



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