ciliary artery n.
- Any of the arteries derived from the muscular branches of the ophthalmic artery, which perforate the anterior part of the sclera and have anastomoses with the posterior ciliary arteries; anterior ciliary artery.
- Any of several branches of the ophthalmic artery distributed to the choroid coat of the eye; short posterior arterty.
- Either of two branches of the ophthalmic artery to the iris that have anastomoses at the inner and outer margins of the iris; long posterior artery.
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