Urethral artery

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Urethral artery
Diagram of the arteries of the penis.
Source internal pudendal artery[1] or perineal artery[citation needed]
Supplies membranous urethra, glans penis
Latin arteria urethralis
TA A12.2.15.042
FMA 20903
Anatomical terminology

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

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.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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