jugular vein


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

Examples of jugular vein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Missed his jugular vein on both sides of his neck by the grace of God. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 27 June 2024 He was hit on the head seven times, stabbed 27 times, and his jugular vein was severed. David R. Cameron, Hartford Courant, 23 June 2024 In the melee, a woman stabbed Smith in the neck, slicing her jugular vein about 6:10 a.m. outside the two-family home on Oakley St. near E. 219th St., Kenny said. Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News, 9 June 2024 Sebastian Junger The doctor was busy trying to put a large-gauge needle into my jugular vein through my neck. Sean Illing, Vox, 25 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for jugular vein 

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jugular vein was in 1597

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“Jugular vein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jugular%20vein. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

jugular vein

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

called also jugular

Medical Definition

jugular vein

: any of several veins of each side of the neck: as
: 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

: 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

: 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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