Definition of Cephalic vein

1. Noun. A large vein of the arm that empties into the axillary vein.

Exact synonyms: Vena Cephalica
Generic synonyms: Vein, Vena, Venous Blood Vessel
Group relationships: Arm

Medical Definition of Cephalic vein

1. Arises at the radial border of the dorsal venous rete of the hand, passes upward in front of the elbow and along the lateral side of the arm; it empties into the upper part of the axillary vein. Synonym: vena cephalica. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cephalic Vein

cephalic angle
cephalic arterial rami
cephalic fin
cephalic fins
cephalic flexure
cephalic index
cephalic pole
cephalic presentation
cephalic reflexes
cephalic tetanus
cephalic triangle
cephalic vein (current term)
cephalic version
cephalo-oculocutaneous telangiectasia
cephalo-orbital index

Literary usage of Cephalic vein

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"At least three veins are usually seen ascending along the volar aspect of the forearm, the basilic vein along the medial border, the cephalic vein along the ..."

2. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"At the bend of the elbow it unites with the median cephalic to form the cephalic vein. The Median Vein ascends on the front of the forearm ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray, Luther Holden (1878)
"At the bend of the elbow it receives the median cephalic, when it becomes the cephalic vein. The cephalic vein courses along the outer border of the Biceps ..."

4. A Reference handbook of the medical sciences embracing the entire range of by Albert Henry Buck (1904)
"—cephalic vein passin? up under the Clavicle to Join the ... The cephalic vein may be absent (Hallett found it absent in two out of ninety-three cases). ..."

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