Definition of Inferior vena cava

1. Noun. Receives blood from lower limbs and abdominal organs and empties into the posterior part of the right atrium of the heart; formed from the union of the two iliac veins.

Exact synonyms: Postcava
Generic synonyms: Vena Cava

Definition of Inferior vena cava

1. Noun. (anatomy) The large vein which returns blood from the lower extremities, and the pelvic and abdominal organs, to the right atrium of the heart. ¹

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Medical Definition of Inferior vena cava

1. The large venous trunk which receives blood from the lower extremities and from the pelvic and abdominal organs. It travels through the abdomen (from the lower extremities) and returns blood to the right atrium of the heart. (20 Sep 2002)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inferior Vena Cava

inferior thyroid artery
inferior thyroid notch
inferior thyroid plexus
inferior thyroid tubercle
inferior thyroid vein
inferior tibiofibular joint
inferior tracheobronchial lymph nodes
inferior transverse scapular ligament
inferior triangle sign
inferior trunk of brachial plexus
inferior turbinated bone
inferior tympanic artery
inferior ulnar collateral artery
inferior vein of vermis
inferior veins of cerebellar hemisphere
inferior vena cava (current term)
inferior vena cava filter
inferior vena cavas
inferior ventricular vein
inferior vesical nerves
inferior vesical plexus
inferior vestibular area
inferior vestibular nucleus
inferior vocal cord
inferior vocal fold
inferior wall of orbit
inferior wall of tympanic cavity

Literary usage of Inferior vena cava

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1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The two inferior phrenic veinĀ» follow the course of the phrenic arteries, and terminate, the right in the inferior vena cava, the left in the left renal ..."

2. The Development of the Chick: An Introduction to Embryology by Frank Rattray Lillie (1908)
"The System of the inferior vena cava (Post-cava). The post-cava appears as a branch of the cephalic portion of the meatus venosus, and in its definitive ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"Scheme showing early stages of development of the inferior vena cava. which now receives the blood from both lower extremities, forms a large venous trunk ..."

4. A Treatise on Human Physiology by John Call Dalton (1882)
"But the inferior vena cava, owing to its posterior and transverse position, ... This direction of the current from the inferior vena cava is further secured ..."

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