circle of Willis

circle of Willis
a circle on the undersurface of the brain formed by linked branches of the arteries that supply the brain. Most cerebral aneurysm occur on or near the circle of Willis.
T. Willis (1621-75), English anatomist

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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