vena contracta

noun vena con·trac·ta \-kən‧ˈtraktə\

Definition of vena contracta

plural

venae contractae

\-kˌtē, -ˌtī\
  1. :  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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