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vertebral vein in Medicine

vertebral vein

  1. Either of two veins that derive from tributaries that run through the foramina in the transverse processes of the first six cervical vertebrae and form a plexus around the vertebral artery and that empty as a single trunk into the brachiocephalic vein, designated right and left.
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