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[suhb-kley-vee-uh n]Anatomy
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  1. situated or extending beneath the clavicle, as certain arteries or veins.
  2. pertaining to such an artery, vein, or the like.
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Origin of subclavian

1640–50; < New Latin subclāvi(us) subclavius + -an
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  1. anatomy (of an artery, vein, area, etc) situated below the clavicle
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Word Origin

C17: from New Latin subclāvius, from Latin sub- + clavis key
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