obturator vein


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Noun1.obturator vein - a vein formed by the union of tributaries that drain the hip joints and thigh muscles; empties into the internal iliac vein
vein, vena, venous blood vessel - a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart; "all veins except the pulmonary vein carry unaerated blood"
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The contents of the obturator canal include: i) superomedially, nerve to obturator externus muscle, and obturator artery, ii) inferomedially, obturator vein, and iii) superolaterally, anterior and posterior divisions of the obturator nerve, which lay within the obturator groove.
In the first instance, this occurred at the obturator foramen on emergence into the thigh, where the posterior division is framed by the branches of the obturator artery and vein, and is crossed by the anastomosing vein between the anterior and posterior branches of the obturator vein.