vena

noun
ve·​na | \ ˈvē-nə How to pronounce vena (audio) \
plural venae\ ˈvē-​(ˌ)nē How to pronounce venae (audio) \

Definition of vena

: vein

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It would be connected to the patient’s vena cava—a large vein carrying blood into the heart—through a cannula, or tube, inserted in the jugular vein in the throat. Randy Rieland, Smithsonian, "An Artificial Lung That Fits In a Backpack," 7 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of vena

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vena

borrowed from Medieval Latin (in vēna rāmōsa, vēna basilica, and other noun-adjective combinations — more at vein entry 1

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vena cava

vena comes

vena contracta

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