Great vessels

Dr Daniel J Bell et al.

The great vessels is the collective term given to the major arteries and veins that convey blood to and away from the heart:

The branches and tributaries of these named vessels are not great vessels, e.g. brachiocephalic trunk, brachiocephalic veins, etc.

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rID: 73033
System: Cardiac
Section: Anatomy
Tag: images
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Thoracic great vessels
  • Cardiac great vessels
  • Great vessel

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