common cardinal vein

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Related to common cardinal vein: posterior cardinal vein, anterior cardinal vein
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Noun1.common cardinal vein - the major return channels to the heart; formed by anastomosis of the anterior and posterior cardinal veins
cardinal vein - any of the major venous channels in primitive adult vertebrates and in embryos of higher vertebrates
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the primitive maxillary vein and the ventral pharyngeal vein which drain the rapidly growing mandibular and the hyoid arches into the common cardinal vein [12].
Anterior and posterior veins join to form the short common cardinal veins before entering the embryological heart.