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n. pl. ve·nae (-nē) Anatomy
A vein.

[Middle English, from Latin vēna.]
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n, pl -nae (-niː)
(Anatomy) anatomy a technical word for vein
[C15: from Latin vēna vein]
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(ˈvi nə)

n., pl. -nae (-nē).
Anat. a vein.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin vēna vein]
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Noun1.vena - a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heartvena - a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart; "all veins except the pulmonary vein carry unaerated blood"
accessory cephalic vein, vena cephalica accessoria - a vein that passes along the radial edge of the forearm and joins the cephalic vein near the elbow
accessory hemiazygos vein, accessory hemiazygous vein, vena hemiazygos accessoria - a vein formed by the union of the 4th to 7th posterior intercostal veins; empties into the azygos vein
accessory vertebral vein, vena vertebralis accessoria - a vein that accompanies the vertebral vein but passes through the foramen of the transverse process of the 7th cervical vertebra and empties into the brachiocephalic vein
accompanying vein, vena comitans - a vein accompanying another structure; a vein may accompany an artery in such a way that the arterial pulses aid venous return
anastomotic vein, vena anastomotica - either of two communicating veins serving the brain
angular vein, vena angularis - a short vein formed by the supraorbital vein and the supratrochlear vein and continuing as the facial vein
anterior vertebral vein, vena vertebralis anterior - a vein that accompanies the ascending cervical artery and opens into the vertebral vein
appendicular vein, vena appendicularis - a vein that accompanies the appendicular artery and empties into the ileocolic vein
arcuate vein of the kidney, vena arcuata renis - veins that receive blood from interlobular veins of kidney and rectal venules
auricular vein, vena auricularis - one of two veins serving the ear region
axillary vein, vena axillaris - a continuation of the basilic vein and brachial vein that becomes the subclavian vein
azygos vein, azygous vein, vena azygos - one of a system of veins that drain the thoracic and abdominal walls; arises as a continuation of the right ascending lumbar vein and terminates in the superior vena cava
basal vein, vena basalis - a large vein passing along the medial surface of the temporal lobe and emptying into the great cerebral vein
basilic vein, vena basilica - a vein that drains the back of the hand and forearm and empties into the axillary vein
basivertebral vein, vena basivertebralis - one of a number of veins draining the spongy substance of the vertebrae and emptying into the anterior internal vertebral venous plexus
brachial vein, vena brachialis - two veins in either arm that accompany the brachial artery and empty into the axillary vein
brachiocephalic vein, innominate vein, vena brachiocephalica - veins formed by the union of the internal jugular and subclavian veins
bronchial vein, vena bronchialis - veins serving the bronchi; empty into the azygos vein
cardinal vein - any of the major venous channels in primitive adult vertebrates and in embryos of higher vertebrates
central veins of liver, venae centrales hepatis - terminal branches of the hepatic veins that lie in the hepatic lobules and receive blood from the liver sinusoids
central vein of retina, vena centrales retinae - vein formed by the union of the retinal veins; accompanies central arteries of the retina in the optic nerve
central vein of suprarenal gland, vena centralis glandulae suprarenalis - a single draining vein; on the right it empties into the inferior vena cava; on the left it empties into the left renal vein
cephalic vein, vena cephalica - a large vein of the arm that empties into the axillary vein
cerebellar vein, vena cerebellum - the veins draining the cerebellum
cerebral vein, vena cerebri - any of several veins serving the cerebral hemispheres of the brain
cervical vein, deep cervical vein, vena cervicalis profunda - a vein that accompanies an artery of the same name
choroid vein, vena choroidea - either of two veins serving the choroid coat of the eye
ciliary veins, venae ciliares - small veins coming from the ciliary body
circumflex vein, vena circumflexa - any of several curved parallel veins accompanying arteries of the same name
clitoral vein, vena clitoridis - veins that serve the clitoris
colic vein, vena colica - vein serving the large intestine
common facial vein - vein formed by union of facial vein and the retromandibular vein and emptying into the jugular vein
conjunctival veins, venae conjunctivales - veins draining the conjunctiva
costoaxillary vein - one of several veins connecting intercostal veins with the lateral thoracic vein or the thoracoepigastric vein
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