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vena cava

vena cava

noun ve·na ca·va \ˌvē-nə-ˈkā-və\
plural ve·nae ca·vae \-(ˌ)nē-ˈkā-(ˌ)vē\

Definition of VENA CAVA

:  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 \-vəl\ adjective

Origin of VENA CAVA

New Latin, literally, hollow vein
First Known Use: 1598

vena cava

noun ve·na ca·va \ˌvē-nə-ˈkā-və\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ve·nae ca·vae \-ni-ˈkā-(ˌ)vē\

Medical Definition of VENA CAVA

:  either of two large veins by which the blood is returned to the right atrium of the heart: a :  inferior vena cava b :  superior vena cava
vena ca·val \-vəl\ adjective

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