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internal carotid artery  origin, common carotid; divided into four parts: cervical, petrous, cavernous, and cerebral; branches, numerous, including caroticotympanic arteries; tentorial basal, tentorial marginal, meningeal, and cavernous branches, and inferior hypophysial artery; ophthalmic, superior hypophysial, posterior communicating, anterior choroidal, anterior cerebral, and middle cerebral arteries; distribution, middle ear, brain, pituitary gland, orbit, choroid plexus.

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