jugular vein


Definition of jugular vein

: any of several veins of each side of the neck that return blood from the head

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His jugular vein and carotid artery were both sliced. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Roofer sliced co-worker's throat with circular saw, claims he was teased: reports," 10 Aug. 2018 Symptoms usually include a sore throat and fever, followed by swelling of the internal jugular veins (which run along either side of the neck), according to GARD. Korin Miller, SELF, "A 23-Year-Old College Student Died From Lemierre Syndrome, a Rare Infection She Thought Was Tonsillitis," 6 Nov. 2018 There, veterinarians were better equipped to treat the scarring, especially around his jugular vein. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas dog found with shoelace embedded in neck, severely swollen head, saved by animal rescue," 6 Sep. 2018 From there, someone with this infection might develop a blood clot in their jugular vein. Korin Miller, SELF, "A 23-Year-Old College Student Died From Lemierre Syndrome, a Rare Infection She Thought Was Tonsillitis," 6 Nov. 2018 The Utah Medical Examiner's Office said an autopsy showed the child had three penetrating stab wounds to the neck including one that severed the carotid artery and the jugular vein. Fox News, "Utah man arrested in stabbing death of 10-month-old son," 22 July 2018 With gashes in her jugular vein and trachea bleeding profusely, Kidik showed Jacqueline Marciano, the building’s assistant property manager, how to apply pressure to her wounds to stanch the flowing blood. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "'I Had Her Life In My Hands': Spectra Employees Recall Aiding Hartford Officer After Stabbing," 23 June 2018 Kidik, a 12-year department veteran, was in critical condition after the stabbing, which occurred during a call to a landlord-tenant dispute at an apartment building on Constitution Plaza, left her with wounds to her jugular vein and trachea. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "As Details Emerge Of Violent Struggle, Hartford Officer Jill Kidik Is 'Alert And Staying Strong'," 18 May 2018 She was stabbed in a jugular vein, the newspaper reported. Fox News, "Female cop in serious condition after getting stabbed in the throat," 17 May 2018

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1597, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of jugular vein

: a large vein in the neck that takes blood from the head to the heart

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Medical Definition of jugular vein

: any of several veins of each side of the neck: as
a : a vein that collects the blood from the interior of the cranium, the superficial part of the face, and the neck, runs down the neck on the outside of the internal and common carotid arteries, and unites with the subclavian vein to form the brachiocephalic vein

called also internal jugular vein

b : a smaller and more superficial vein that collects most of the blood from the exterior of the cranium and deep parts of the face and opens into the subclavian vein

called also external jugular vein

c : a vein that commences near the hyoid bone and joins the terminal part of the external jugular vein or the subclavian vein

called also anterior jugular vein

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