n. a major artery (common carotid artery) which supplies oxygenated blood to the head, face, and neck. It ascends as the left and right common carotid arteries, and it further branches out as the internal and external carotid arteries.

CAROTID ARTERY: “The internal carotid artery enters the brain, while the external carotid artery supplies the scalp and face.”
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