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[vee-nuh] /ˈvi nə/
noun, plural venae
[vee-nee] /ˈvi ni/ (Show IPA).
a vein.
Origin of vena
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin vēna vein Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The oblique openings—passages for the venae vorticosae—are said to be narrowed.

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  • venae profundae vary in direction; for some run from east to west.

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  • Similarly some venae dilatatae are horizontal, some are inclined, and some are curved.

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  • But enough of venae profundae, their junctions and divisions.

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  • The venae dilatatae, too, for the same reasons, are either thin or thick.

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  • But first I will describe how venae dilatatae should be mined.

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  • Next, venae profundae are wide, either because of abundant water or because the rock is fragile.

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  • In a general way venae profundae were fissure veins and venae dilatatae were sheeted deposits.

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  • The Poles wash the impure lead from venae dilatatae in a trough ten feet long, three feet wide, and one and one-quarter feet deep.

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  • The venae hepaticae magnae join the vena cava posterior and thereby form with it the vena cava inferior.

British Dictionary definitions for venae


noun (pl) -nae (-niː)
(anatomy) a technical word for vein
Word Origin
C15: from Latin vēnavein
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venae in Medicine

vena ve·na (vē'nə)
n. pl. ve·nae (-nē)
A vein.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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