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precava

[pree-key-vuh, -kah-] /priˈkeɪ və, -ˈkɑ-/
noun, plural precavae
[pree-key-vee, -kah-vahy] /priˈkeɪ vi, -ˈkɑ vaɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
See under vena cava.
2.
(in squids) either of a pair of veins that pass through the kidney to the branchial heart.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; pre- + (vena) cava
Related forms
precaval, adjective
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precaval in Medicine

precava pre·ca·va (prē-kā'və, -kä'-)
n. pl pre·ca·vae (-vē)
See superior vena cava.


pre·ca'val adj.
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