precava

[pree-key-vuh, -kah-]
noun, plural pre·ca·vae [pree-key-vee, -kah-vahy] /priˈkeɪ vi, -ˈkɑ vaɪ/.
  1. See under vena cava.
  2. (in squids) either of a pair of veins that pass through the kidney to the branchial heart.

Origin of precava

1865–70; pre- + (vena) cava
Related formspre·ca·val, adjective
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precava

[prē-kāvə, -kä-]
n. pl. pre•ca•vae (-vē)
  1. superior vena cava
Related formspre•caval adj.
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