vena cava

noun

ve·​na ca·​va ˌvē-nə-ˈkā-və How to pronounce vena cava (audio)
plural venae cavae ˌvē-(ˌ)nē-ˈkā-(ˌ)vē How to pronounce vena cava (audio)
: any of the large veins by which in air-breathing vertebrates the blood is returned to the right atrium of the heart
vena caval adjective

Examples of vena cava in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Avoid lying on your right side or flat on your back, which puts the full weight of your uterus on the vena cava. Parents Editors, Parents, 17 Oct. 2023 Cancer may also be found in the bronchus, pleura, diaphragm, chest wall, breastbone, backbone, phrenic nerve, pericardium, vena cava, aorta, pharynx, trachea, esophagus, and/or carina (the area where the trachea branches into the bronchi). Lynne Eldridge, Verywell Health, 15 Aug. 2023 Seven years earlier, the man had a CT scan that showed an almost total blockage of his vena cava. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 30 Nov. 2022 The fatal stab wound punctured his vena cava. Fox News, 7 Dec. 2021 The results of his work led other physicians to use the femoral vein, deep within the thigh, to reach the inferior vena cava, which carries blood from the legs, feet and abdomen to the heart. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 14 Oct. 2021 The medical technologies developer and manufacturer’s line of IVC filters, which include the Recovery, G2, G2X, Eclipse, Meridian and Denali filters, are inserted into the inferior vena cava vein to prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart and lungs. Dallas News, 26 July 2021 After a few hours spent separating connections from the vena cava and nearby tissue, the patient's liver is fully removed. Christian Thorsberg, Discover Magazine, 14 Mar. 2022 Inferior vena cava filters are supposed to save lives. Lizzy Lawrence, STAT, 2 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vena cava was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Vena cava.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vena%20cava. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

vena cava

noun
ve·​na ca·​va ˌvē-nə-ˈkā-və How to pronounce vena cava (audio)
plural venae cavae ˌvē-ni-ˈkā-vē How to pronounce vena cava (audio)
: one of the large veins by which the blood is returned to the right atrium of the heart in an air-breathing vertebrate

Medical Definition

vena cava

noun
ve·​na ca·​va ˌvē-nə-ˈkā-və How to pronounce vena cava (audio)
plural venae cavae -ni-ˈkā-(ˌ)vē How to pronounce vena cava (audio)
: either of two large veins by which the blood is returned to the right atrium of the heart:
vena caval adjective

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