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subclavian vein

noun Anatomy.
  1. either of a pair of veins, one on each side of the body, that return blood from the arms to the heart.
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Origin of subclavian vein

First recorded in 1760–70
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subclavian vein in Medicine

subclavian vein

  1. A continuation of the axillary vein at the lateral border of the first rib, passing medially to join the internal jugular vein and forming the brachiocephalic vein on each side.
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