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 saph&emacron;na, saphenous vein, from Arabic &slowdot;afin, 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.