subclavian vein


: the proximal part of the main vein of the arm or forelimb

Examples of subclavian vein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are most commonly put into one of the jugular veins in the neck or the subclavian vein under the collarbone. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 23 June 2023 Helen’s family and the medical team watched in awe as the pale pink solution of cells flowed in through her left subclavian vein. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subclavian vein was in 1615

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“Subclavian vein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

subclavian vein

: the proximal part of the main vein of the arm that is a continuation of the axillary vein and extends from the level of the first rib to the sternal end of the clavicle where it unites with the internal jugular vein to form the brachiocephalic vein

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