Arteries and Veins Lab Study Guide
BIOL 2112 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

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Arteries and veins slides

For microscopic histology slides, be able to recognize an artery and distinguish it from a vein.
(Look for the dark-staining elastic fibers around the lumen of the thick wall of the artery versus the thinner, collapsed wall of the vein.) Be able to explain how you were able to identify an artery or a vein.

Your lab manual shows a cross section of an artery and a vein.

Circulatory model pictures

Be able to identify these arteries and veins in the models:


  • ascending aorta

    (the aorta as it exits the heart from the left ventricle)

  • descending aorta
  • subclavian arteries
  • carotid arteries
  • renal artery
  • hepatic artery
  • iliac arteries
  • femoral artery
  • brachial artery
  • radial artery
  • ulnar artery
  • anterior tibial artery


  • subclavian veins
  • jugular veins
  • superior vena cava
  • inferior vena cava
  • iliac veins
  • renal vein
  • hepatic portal vein
  • splenic vein
  • median cubital vein
  • basilic vein
  • cephalic vein
  • great saphenous vein

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