superior vena cava


noun, plural superior venae cavae.

See under vena cava.

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Also called precava.

Origin of superior vena cava

First recorded in 1905–10

Definition for superior vena cava (2 of 2)

vena cava
[ vee-nuh key-vuh ]
/ ˈvi nə ˈkeɪ və /

noun, plural ve·nae ca·vae [vee-nee key-vee] /ˈvi ni ˈkeɪ vi/. Anatomy.

either of two large veins discharging blood into the right atrium of the heart, one (superior vena cava or precava) conveying blood from the head, chest, and upper extremities and the other (inferior vena cava or postcava) conveying blood from all parts below the diaphragm.

Origin of vena cava

First recorded in 1590–1600, vena cava is from the Latin word vēna cava hollow vein
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British Dictionary definitions for superior vena cava

vena cava
/ (ˈkeɪvə) /

noun plural venae cavae (ˈkeɪviː)

either one of the two large veins that convey oxygen-depleted blood to the heart

Word Origin for vena cava

Latin: hollow vein
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Medical definitions for superior vena cava (1 of 2)

superior vena cava

n.

A large vein formed by the union of the two brachiocephalic veins and the azygos vein that receives blood from the head, neck, upper limbs, and chest, and empties into the right atrium of the heart.precava

Medical definitions for superior vena cava (2 of 2)

vena cava
[ kāvə ]

n. pl. venae ca•vae ()

Either of the two venae cavae, designated inferior and superior.cava
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Scientific definitions for superior vena cava

vena cava
[ vēnə kāvə ]

Plural venae cavae (nē kā)

Either of two large veins that carry blood with low levels of oxygen to the right atrium of the heart.♦ The superior vena cava receives blood from the brain and upper limbs or forelimbs.♦ The inferior vena cava drains blood from the trunk and lower limbs or hindlimbs and is the largest vein in the body.
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