precava

[ pree-key-vuh, -kah- ]
/ priˈkeɪ və, -ˈkɑ- /

noun, plural pre·ca·vae [pree-key-vee, -kah-vahy]. /priˈkeɪ vi, -ˈkɑ vaɪ/.

See under vena cava.
(in squids) either of a pair of veins that pass through the kidney to the branchial heart.

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Origin of precava

1865–70; pre- + (vena) cava

OTHER WORDS FROM precava

pre·ca·val, adjective
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Medical definitions for precava

precava
[ prē-kāvə, -kä- ]

n. pl. pre•ca•vae (-vē)

superior vena cava

Other words from precava

pre•caval adj.
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