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central venous pressure


Medical Definition of central venous pressure

  1. :  the venous pressure of the right atrium of the heart obtained by inserting a catheter into a vein (such as the subclavian vein) and advancing it to the right atrium through the superior vena cava <Right heart catheterization showed a central venous pressure of 15 mm Hg …—Larry A. Allen et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 6 Feb. 2014>—abbreviation CVP

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a very small amount

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