anterior jugular vein

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an·te·ri·or jug·u·lar vein

vein that arises below the chin from veins draining the lower lip and mental region, descends in the anterior portion of the neck, coursing either superficial or deep to the investing cervical fascia to terminate in the external jugular vein at the lateral border of the scalenus anterior muscle.
Synonym(s): vena jugularis anterior [TA]

anterior jugular vein

A neck vein that originates near the hyoid bone and descends vertically over the hyoid and infrahyoid strap muscles; behind the sternal head of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, the vein turns laterally and empties into the external jugular vein (or, sometimes, into the subclavian vein).
See also: vein
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The superficial system includes subcutaneous veins; the external and anterior jugulars are especially variable in size and course.

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