ve·​nous | \ ˈvē-nəs How to pronounce venous (audio) \

Definition of venous

1 : of, relating to, or full of veins a venous thrombosis a venous rock
2 of blood : having passed through the capillaries and given up oxygen for the tissues and become charged with carbon dioxide

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Other Words from venous

venously adverb

Examples of venous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two venous lines met at a Y connector, turning into one. oregonlive, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 2019 Things started going wrong when the tiny veins that had been stitched together didn't cooperate, causing venous congestion. al, "Alabama Marine lost his leg in Iraq and his life to painkillers," 3 Oct. 2019 Brandon Ingram, however, faces an even greater uncertainty after his 2018-19 season ended early due to deep venous thrombosis, a complication from blood clotting with potentially life-changing implications. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 However, some recent research has explored a link between varicose veins and potentially dangerous vascular conditions like deep venous thrombosis. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Woman pecked to death by rooster," 6 Sep. 2019 According to Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, suffered from a pulmonary embolism due to deep venous thrombosis. Houston Chronicle, "Medical examiner rules on cause of death after deputy collapses," 9 July 2019 The portal vein brings venous blood to the liver, while this artery brings oxygenated arterial blood. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "James Holzhauer missed these tricky 'Jeopardy!' clues; can you get them right?," 29 May 2019 Annovera specifically isn’t recommended for people with certain health conditions, like hepatitis, a current or past history of breast cancer, and those with a high risk for arterial or venous thrombotic diseases. Korin Miller, SELF, "A Birth Control Ring You Can Use for a Whole Year Is Now FDA-Approved," 14 Aug. 2018 Old-fashioned venous blood draws, where the patient watches as vial after vial of blood is collected, would quickly become obsolete, Theranos promised. Jenny Gold, Vox, "How Theranos hid its sketchiness from reporters — and helped keep the puff pieces coming," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of venous

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for venous

borrowed from Latin vēnōsus, from vēna vein entry 1 + -ōsus -ous

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12 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Venous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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ve·​nous | \ ˈvē-nəs How to pronounce venous (audio) \

Medical Definition of venous

1a : full of or characterized by veins
b : made up of or carried on by veins the venous circulation
2 : of, relating to, or performing the functions of a vein a venous inflammation venous arteries
3 of blood : having passed through the capillaries and given up oxygen for the tissues and become charged with carbon dioxide and ready to pass through the respiratory organs to release its carbon dioxide and renew its oxygen supply : dark red from reduced hemoglobin — compare arterial sense 2

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