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saphenous vein

noun, Anatomy
1.
either of two large veins near the surface of the foot, leg, and thigh, one on the inner side and the other on the outer and posterior sides.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40
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  • Your doctor may use a vein, called the saphenous vein, from your leg.
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saphenous vein
  (sə-fē'nəs)   
Either of two main superficial veins of the leg, one larger than the other, that begin at the foot. A portion of the larger saphenous vein is often used in surgery for coronary artery bypass graft.
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