sternocleidomastoid branch of occipital arterymedical dictionary

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<anatomy> Branches of occipital artery to sternocleidomastoid muscle. One often hooks around hypoglossal nerve. It may arise as an independent branch of the external carotid, in which case it may be referred to as the sternomastoid artery.

Synonyms: rami sternocleidomastoidei arteriae occipitalis.

(05 Mar 2000)