either of two large veins near the surface of the foot, leg, and thigh, one on the inner side and the other on the outer and posterior sides.
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- saphenous nerve,
Origin of saphenous vein
First recorded in 1830–40
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Either of two main superficial veins of the leg, one larger than the other, that begin at the foot. A portion of the larger saphenous vein is often used in surgery for coronary artery bypass graft.
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