arteriovenous anastomosis


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Related to arteriovenous anastomosis: vasa vasorum, arterial anastomosis

arteriovenous anastomosis

[är‚tir·ē·ō′vē·nəs ə‚nas·tə′mō·səs]
(anatomy)
A blood vessel that connects an arteriole directly to a venule without capillary intervention.
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They are benign and characteristically solitary lesions that arise from the glomus body, an arteriovenous anastomosis involved in thermoregulation.
It arises from the glomus body, an arteriovenous anastomosis that is normally involved in the regulation of body temperature, blood pressure, and the composition of the interstitial cellular environment.