vena cava

play
noun ve·na ca·va \ˌvē-nə-ˈkā-və\

Definition of vena cava

plural

venae cavae

play \ˌvē-(ˌ)nē-ˈkā-(ˌ)vē\
  1. :  any of the large veins by which in air-breathing vertebrates the blood is returned to the right atrium of the heart

vena caval

play \ˌvē-nə-ˈkā-vəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of vena cava

borrowed from Medieval Latin vēna cava, literally, “hollow vein,” translation of Greek phlèps koílē


First Known Use: 1598


Medical Dictionary

vena cava

play
noun ve·na ca·va \ˌvē-nə-ˈkā-və\

Medical Definition of vena cava

plural

venae cavae

\-ni-ˈkā-(ˌ)vē\play
  1. :  either of two large veins by which the blood is returned to the right atrium of the heart:a:  inferior vena cavab:  superior vena cava

vena caval

\-vəl\play adjective

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