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The left colic artery is the first branch of the inferior mesenteric artery.
These branches anastomose superiorly with the branches from the left colic artery and inferiorly with the branches from superior rectal artery.
The middle colic artery, as observed in all the animals, irrigates the large intestine, that is, the left colon and cecum, anastomising with the left colic artery (Fig.