Urethral artery

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Artery: Urethral artery
Diagram of the arteries of the penis.
Latin arteria urethralis
Gray's p.619
Supplies membranous urethra, glans penis
Source internal pudendal artery[1] or perineal artery[2]

The Urethral artery arises from the internal pudendal artery a short distance in front of the artery of the urethral bulb.

In the male, it runs forward and medially, pierces the inferior fascia of the urogenital diaphragm and enters the corpus cavernosum urethræ, in which it is continued forward to the glans penis. In the female, the urethral artery serves the analogous structures. Because the female urethra is so much shorter than the male, this structure is often impossible to find on a female cadaver.


  1. ^ Kyung Won, PhD. Chung (2005). Gross Anatomy (Board Review). Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 269. ISBN 0-7817-5309-0. 
  2. ^ Urethral+artery at eMedicine Dictionary

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