anterior cardinal vein


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Noun1.anterior cardinal vein - a major drainage channel from the cephalic part of the body
cardinal vein - any of the major venous channels in primitive adult vertebrates and in embryos of higher vertebrates
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This anastomosis shunts blood from the left to the right anterior cardinal vein and ultimately becomes innominate (or brachiocephalic) vein when the caudal part of the left anterior cardinal vein regresses to become "ligament of Marshall".

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