saphena

[suh-fee-nuh]

Origin of saphena

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin < Arabic ṣāfin
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saphena

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

Word Origin for saphena

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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