Inferior sagittal sinus

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Inferior sagittal sinus
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Dural veins (Inferior sagittal sinus labeled as "SIN. SAGITTALIS INF." at upper right.)
Dura mater and its processes exposed by removing part of the right half of the skull, and the brain. (Inferior sagittal sinus visible as blue line at center.)
Latin sinus sagittalis inferior
Drains to
straight sinus
Gray's p.655
MeSH A07.231.908.224
TA A12.3.05.111
FMA 50768
Anatomical terminology

The inferior sagittal sinus (also known as inferior longitudinal sinus), within the human head, is an area beneath the brain which allows blood to drain outwards posteriorly from the center of the head. It drains (from the center of the brain) to the straight sinus (at the back of the head), which connects to the transverse sinuses. See diagram (at right): labeled in the brain as "SIN. SAGITTALIS INF." (for Latin: sinus sagittalis inferior).

The inferior sagittal sinus courses along the inferior border of the falx cerebri, superior to the corpus callosum.

It receives blood from the deep and medial aspects of the cerebral hemispheres and drains into the straight sinus.

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