postcavae

postcava

[pohst-key-vuh, -kah-]
noun, plural postcavae [pohst-key-vee, -kah-vahy] .
See under vena cava.

Origin:
1865–70; post- + (vena) cava

postcaval, adjective
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vena cava

[vee-nuh key-vuh]
noun, plural venae cavae [vee-nee key-vee] . Anatomy.
either of two large veins discharging blood into the right atrium of the heart, one (superior vena cava or precava) conveying blood from the head, chest, and upper extremities and the other (inferior vena cava or postcava) conveying blood from all parts below the diaphragm.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin vēna cava hollow vein

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postcava (pəʊstˈkɑːvə, -ˈkeɪvə)
 
n
anatomy the inferior vena cava
 
[C19: New Latin; see post-, vena cava]
 
post'caval
 
adj

vena cava (ˈkeɪvə)
 
n , pl venae cavae
either one of the two large veins that convey oxygen-depleted blood to the heart
 
[Latin: hollow vein]

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postcava post·ca·va (pōst-kā'və)
n.
See inferior vena cava.


post·ca'val adj.

vena cava vena ca·va (kā'və)
n. pl. venae ca·vae (kā'vē)
Either of the two venae cavae, designated inferior and superior. Also called cava.

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vena cava   (vē'nə kā'və)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural venae cavae (vē'nē kā'vē)
Either of two large veins that carry blood with low levels of oxygen to the right atrium of the heart. ◇ The superior vena cava receives blood from the brain and upper limbs or forelimbs. ◇ The inferior vena cava drains blood from the trunk and lower limbs or hindlimbs and is the largest vein in the body.
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