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[ suh-fee-nuh ]
/ səˈfi nə /


saphenous vein.

Nearby words

sapanwood, sapele, saphar, saphead, sapheaded, saphena, saphenous, saphenous nerve, saphenous vein, sapid, sapience

Origin of saphena

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin < Arabic ṣāfin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for saphena

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

British Dictionary definitions for saphena


/ (səˈfiːnə) /

noun plural -nae (-niː)

anatomy either of two large superficial veins of the legs
Derived Formssaphenous, adjective

Word Origin for saphena

C14: via Medieval Latin from Arabic sāfīn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for saphena


[ sə-fēnə ]

n. pl. sa•phe•nae (-nē′)

A saphenous vein.
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