Definition of vena contracta
venae contractae\-kˌtē, -ˌtī\
: any of the contracted parts of minimum cross section of a jet of fluid discharging from an orifice; especially : the one nearest the orifice
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Origin and Etymology of vena contracta
New Latin, contracted vein
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