emissary veins


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emissary veins

[em′əser′ē]
Etymology: L, emittere, to send forth
the small vessels in the skull that connect the sinuses of the dura mater with the veins on the exterior of the skull through a series of anastomoses.
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Cerebral blood drains through emissary veins and their smaller companion veins into "collecting sinuses" just beneath the skull, he says.
Kimbel also agrees with physiologist Brengelmann that emissary veins play a minor role in brain cooling.