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Thoracic aorta

Synonyms: Thoracic aorta, pars thoracicae aortae
German: Aorta thoracica

1 Definition

The thoracic aorta is the part of the descending artery that immediately connects to the aortic arch and extends from the lower edge of the fourth thoracic vertebra to the lower edge of the twelfth thoracic vertebra.

2 Vessel departures

2.1 Unpaired visceral branches

2.2 Paired parietal branches

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