American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Either of two large veins that drain blood from the upper body and from the lower body and empty into the right atrium of the heart.
- n. anatomy Either of the two large veins that take oxygen depleted blood, from the upper body and from the lower body, and return it to the right atrium of the heart.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) Any one of the great systemic veins connected directly with the heart.
- n. either of two large veins that return oxygen-depleted blood to the right atrium of the heart
- New Latin vēna cava : Latin vēna, vein + Latin cava, hollow. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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