Cardinal veins

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(Anat.) the veins in vertebrate embryos, which run each side of the vertebral column and returm the blood to the heart. They remain through life in some fishes.

See also: Cardinal

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Anterior and posterior veins join to form the short common cardinal veins before entering the embryological heart.