noun, Anatomy.
either of a pair of arteries, one on each side of the body, that carry the main supply of blood to the arms.

subclavian artery n.
An artery originating on the left from the aortic arch and on the right from the brachiocephalic artery with branches to the vertebral artery, the thyrocervical trunk, the internal thoracic artery, the costocervical trunk, and the descending scapular artery, and directly continuous with the axillary artery.


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