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) \

Definition of vena cava

: any of the large veins by which in air-breathing vertebrates the blood is returned to the right atrium of the heart

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from vena cava

vena caval \ ˌvē-​nə-​ˈkā-​vəl How to pronounce vena cava (audio) \ adjective

Examples of vena cava in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bullet struck Oswald’s aorta and a large torso vein known as the inferior vena cava, Dr. McClelland said, causing extensive blood loss. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Dr. Robert McClelland, Who Tried to Save President Kennedy, Dies at 89," 24 Sep. 2019 The inferior vena cava and superior vena cava carry blood to the heart. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Heart & Hustle: Layne 'The Train' Todd keeps rolling at CNE," 1 Nov. 2017 The medical mystery Layne Todd was born without an inferior vena cava. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Heart & Hustle: Layne 'The Train' Todd keeps rolling at CNE," 1 Nov. 2017 However the blood flow and diameter of the inferior vena cava were reduced when lying on their backs. Amanda Ross-white, CNN, "Two simple ways to lower odds of stillbirth," 16 Oct. 2017 This takes pressure off of your inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from your lower and middle body into the right atrium of the heart, and may help reduce swelling. Korin Miller, SELF, "You Won't Believe How Swollen This Woman's Feet Got During Her Pregnancy," 21 Sep. 2017 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vena cava.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of vena cava

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vena cava

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vena cava

Time Traveler for vena cava

Time Traveler

The first known use of vena cava was in 1598

See more words from the same year

Statistics for vena cava

Cite this Entry

“Vena cava.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vena%20cava. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for vena cava

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) \

Medical Definition of vena cava

: either of two large veins by which the blood is returned to the right atrium of the heart:

Other Words from vena cava

vena caval \ -​vəl How to pronounce vena cava (audio) \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on vena cava

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about vena cava

Comments on vena cava

What made you want to look up vena cava? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!