[ pohst-key-vuh, -kah- ]
/ poʊstˈkeɪ və, -ˈkɑ- /

noun, plural post·ca·vae [pohst-key-vee, -kah-vahy] /poʊstˈkeɪ vi, -ˈkɑ vaɪ/.

See under vena cava.

Origin of postcava

1865–70; post- + (vena) cava

Related forms

post·ca·val, adjective

Definition for postcava (2 of 2)

vena cava

[ vee-nuh key-vuh ]
/ ˈvi nə ˈkeɪ və /

noun, plural ve·nae ca·vae [vee-nee key-vee] /ˈvi ni ˈkeɪ vi/. Anatomy.

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.

Origin of vena cava

First recorded in 1590–1600, vena cava is from the Latin word vēna cava hollow vein Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for postcava (1 of 2)


/ (pəʊstˈkɑːvə, -ˈkeɪvə) /


anatomy the inferior vena cava

Derived Forms

postcaval, adjective

Word Origin for postcava

C19: New Latin; see post-, vena cava

British Dictionary definitions for postcava (2 of 2)

vena cava

/ (ˈkeɪvə) /

noun plural venae cavae (ˈkeɪviː)

either one of the two large veins that convey oxygen-depleted blood to the heart

Word Origin for vena cava

Latin: hollow vein
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Medicine definitions for postcava (1 of 2)


[ pōst-kāvə ]


inferior vena cava

Related forms

post•caval adj.

Medicine definitions for postcava (2 of 2)

vena cava

[ kāvə ]

n. pl. venae ca•vae ()

Either of the two venae cavae, designated inferior and superior.cava
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Science definitions for postcava

vena cava

[ vēnə kāvə ]

Plural venae cavae (nē kā)

Either of two large veins that carry blood with low levels of oxygen to the right atrium of the heart.♦ The superior vena cava receives blood from the brain and upper limbs or forelimbs.♦ The inferior vena cava drains blood from the trunk and lower limbs or hindlimbs and is the largest vein in the body.
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