vena cava


ve·na ca·va

noun \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

ve·na ca·va

noun \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

vena cava

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Either of two major veins that deliver oxygen-depleted blood to the right side of the heart. The superior vena cava drains the upper body, and the inferior vena cava drains the lower body. See also cardiovascular system, circulation.

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