Saphenous-vein meaning

sə-fēnəs
Either of two main superficial veins of the leg, one larger than the other, that begin at the foot.
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Either of two main superficial veins of the leg, one larger than the other, that begin at the foot.
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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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(anatomy) Usually referring to the great saphenous vein, but may also refer to the small saphenous vein.
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Origin of saphenous-vein

  • saphenous pertaining to the saphena, a saphenous vein from Middle English from Medieval Latin saphēna saphenous vein from Arabic ṭāfin standing with one leg slightly raised, saphena participle of ṭafana to stand with one leg slightly raised

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition