brachiocephalic veins

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Related to brachiocephalic veins: innominate vein, vena brachiocephalica

bra·chi·o·ce·phal·ic veins

(brā'kē-ō-se-fal'ik vānz)
Formed by the union of the internal jugular and subclavian veins; other tributaries of the right brachiocephalic vein are the rightvertebral and internal thoracic veins, and the right lymphatic duct; other tributaries of the left brachiocephalic vein are the left vertebral, internal thoracic, superior intercostal, thyroidea ima, and various anterior pericardial, bronchial, mediastinal veins, and the thoracic duct.
Synonym(s): venae brachiocephalicae [TA] , innominate veins.