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vena cava

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noun ve·na ca·va \ˌvē-nə-ˈkā-və\

Definition of vena cava

plural ve·nae ca·vae play \-(ˌ)nē-ˈkā-(ˌ)vē\

  1. :  any of the large veins by which in air-breathing vertebrates the blood is returned to the right atrium of the heart

vena ca·val play \-vəl\ adjective


Origin of vena cava

New Latin, literally, hollow vein


First Known Use: 1598


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vena cava

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noun ve·na ca·va \ˌvē-nə-ˈkā-və\

Medical Definition of vena cava

plural ve·nae ca·vae \-ni-ˈkā-(ˌ)vē\play

  1. :  either of two large veins by which the blood is returned to the right atrium of the heart:a:  inferior vena cavab:  superior vena cava

  2. vena ca·val \-vəl\play adjective




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