[ vee-nuhs ]

  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a vein.

  2. having, characterized by, or composed of veins.

  1. pertaining to the blood in the pulmonary artery, right side of the heart, and most veins, that has become deoxygenated and charged with carbon dioxide during its passage through the body and that in humans is normally dark red.

Origin of venous

1620–30; variant of venose; see -ous

Other words from venous

  • ve·nous·ly, adverb
  • ve·nous·ness, noun
  • non·ve·nous, adjective
  • non·ve·nous·ly, adverb
  • non·ve·nous·ness, noun
  • post·ve·nous, adjective

Words Nearby venous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use venous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for venous


/ (ˈviːnəs) /

  1. physiol of or relating to the blood circulating in the veins

  2. of or relating to the veins

Origin of venous

C17: see venose

Derived forms of venous

  • venously, adverb
  • venousness, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012