Sternocleidomastoid branch of superior thyroid artery

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Artery: Sternocleidomastoid branch of superior thyroid artery
Latin ramus sternocleidomastoideus arteriae thyroideae superioris
Gray's p.552

The sternocleidomastoid branch of superior thyroid artery runs downward and lateralward across the sheath of the common carotid artery, and supplies the Sternocleidomastoideus and neighboring muscles and integument; it frequently arises as a separate branch from the external carotid.

This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.