One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1One of the two major arteries of the forearm in humans, originating from the brachial artery and passing along the radial side of the forearm into the hand; (also) the corresponding artery of the forearm in other tetrapods, arising from the median artery.
2Any of a group of arteries arranged in a radial pattern within an organ.
Late 17th century.
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