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saphena

[suh-fee-nuh]
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noun
  1. saphenous vein.
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Origin of saphena

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin < Arabic ṣāfin
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Examples from the Web for saphena

Historical Examples

  • The most important anastomosis is that between the femoral and saphena and internal mammary and epigastric veins.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II

    Various

  • The saphena vein was closed for a length of about four or five inches, beyond which it was natural.

  • Each hour I withdrew a half-pound of blood, then I fed her and for three hours I drew half a pound of blood from the saphena.

    Gilbertus Anglicus

    Henry Ebenezer Handerson


British Dictionary definitions for saphena

saphena

noun plural -nae (-niː)
  1. anatomy either of two large superficial veins of the legs
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Derived Formssaphenous, adjective

Word Origin

C14: via Medieval Latin from Arabic sāfīn
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saphena in Medicine

saphena

(sə-fēnə)
n. pl. sa•phe•nae (-nē′)
  1. A saphenous vein.
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