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postcava

[pohst-key-vuh, -kah-]
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noun, plural post·ca·vae [pohst-key-vee, -kah-vahy] /poʊstˈkeɪ vi, -ˈkɑ vaɪ/.
  1. See under vena cava.
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Origin of postcava

1865–70; post- + (vena) cava
Related formspost·ca·val, adjective

vena cava

[vee-nuh key-vuh]
noun, plural ve·nae ca·vae [vee-nee key-vee] /ˈvi ni ˈkeɪ vi/. Anatomy.
  1. either of two large veins discharging blood into the right atrium of the heart, one (superior vena cava or precava) conveying blood from the head, chest, and upper extremities and the other (inferior vena cava or postcava) conveying blood from all parts below the diaphragm.
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Origin of vena cava

First recorded in 1590–1600, vena cava is from the Latin word vēna cava hollow vein
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postcava

noun
  1. anatomy the inferior vena cava
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Derived Formspostcaval, adjective

Word Origin

C19: New Latin; see post-, vena cava

vena cava

noun plural venae cavae (ˈkeɪviː)
  1. either one of the two large veins that convey oxygen-depleted blood to the heart
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Word Origin

Latin: hollow vein
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Word Origin and History for postcava

vena cava

n.

Medical Latin, from Latin vena "vein" (see vein) + cava, from cavus "hollow" (see cave (n.)).

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postcava in Medicine

postcava

(pōst-kāvə)
n.
  1. inferior vena cava
Related formspost•caval adj.

vena cava

(kāvə)
n. pl. venae ca•vae ()
  1. Either of the two venae cavae, designated inferior and superior.cava
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postcava in Science

vena cava

[vēnə kāvə]