posterior intercostal veins


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pos·te·ri·or in·ter·cos·tal veins

[TA]
veins draining the intercostal spaces posteriorly; those of the first 1-C space drain into the brachiocephalic veins; from spaces 2-3, they drain into right and left superior intercostal veins; from the 4th-11th spaces on the right, they are tributaries of the azygos vein; on the left, they empty into either the hemiazygos or accessory hemiazygos veins.

pos·te·ri·or in·ter·cos·tal veins

(pos-tēr'ē-ŏr in'tĕr-kos'tăl vānz) [TA]
Drain the intercostal spaces posteriorly; those of the first intercostal space drain into the brachiocephalic veins; from the 2nd-3rd, they drain into right and left superior intercostal veins; from the 4th-11th spaces on the right, they are tributaries of the azygos vein; on the left, they empty into either the hemiazygos or accessory hemiazygos veins.
Synonym(s): venae intercostales [TA] .
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All the right posterior intercostal veins are traced to the site of their termination into the azygos vein.

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