saphenous veinsa·phe·nous vein
Either of two main superficial veins of the leg, one larger than the other, that begin at the foot.
Origin of saphenous veinsaphenous pertaining to the saphena, a saphenous vein from Middle English from Medieval Latin saphēna saphenous vein from Arabic &slowdot;āfin standing with one leg slightly raised, saphena participle of &slowdot;afana to stand with one leg slightly raised
(plural saphenous veins)
- (anatomy) Usually referring to the great saphenous vein, but may also refer to the small saphenous vein.