inferior vena cava(redirected from Posterior vena cava)
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vena[ve´nah] (pl. ve´nae) (L.)
vein (see also Appendix 2-6).
inferior vena cava the venous trunk for the lower extremities and the pelvic and abdominal viscera; it empties into the right atrium of the heart. See Appendix 2-6.
superior vena cava the venous trunk draining blood from the head, neck, upper extremities, and chest; it empties into the right atrium of the heart. See Appendix 2-6.
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in·fer·i·or ve·na ca·va(IVC) (in-fēr'ē-ŏr vē'nă kā'vă)
Receives the blood from the lower limbs and the greater part of the pelvic and abdominal organs; it begins at the level of the fifth lumbar vertebra on the right side by the merger of the right and left common iliac veins, pierces the diaphragm at the level of the eighth thoracic vertebra, and empties into the posteroinferior aspect of the right atrium of the heart.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
inferior vena cavaThe largest vein in the body, carrying blood from the lower half of the body to the right atrium of the heart. See also SUPERIOR VENA CAVA.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
Inferior vena cava
The biggest vein in the body, returning blood to the heart from the lower half of the body.
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