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[suh-fee-nuh] /səˈfi nə/
Origin of saphena
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin < Arabic ṣāfin Unabridged
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noun (pl) -nae (-niː)
(anatomy) either of two large superficial veins of the legs
Derived Forms
saphenous, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Medieval Latin from Arabic sāfīn
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saphena in Medicine

saphena sa·phe·na (sə-fē'nə)
n. pl. sa·phe·nae (-nē')
Either of two main superficial veins of the leg, one larger than the other, that begin at the foot.

sa·phe'nous adj.
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