axillary vein


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ax·il·lar·y vein

[TA]
a continuation of the basilic and brachial veins running from the lower border of the teres major muscle to the outer border of the first rib where it becomes the subclavian vein.
Synonym(s): vena axillaris [TA]

axillary vein

one of a pair of veins of the upper limb that becomes the subclavian vein at the outer border of the first rib. It receives deoxygenated blood from the venous tributaries. Compare subclavian vein.

ax·il·lar·y vein

(ak'sil-ār-ē vān) [TA]
A continuation of the basilic and brachial veins running from the lower border of the teres major muscle to the outer border of the first rib where it becomes the subclavian vein.
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axillary vein

The continuation of the basilic vein in the upper arm; it accompanies the axillary artery and becomes the subclavian vein at the lateral border of the first rib. Tributaries of the axillary vein include the brachial, the cephalic, and the subscapular veins.
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See also: vein
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In conclusion, we propose to perform extrathoracic subclavian or axillary vein approach for implantation of pacemaker leads and always check the lead status by telemetry during follow-up.
The position of the axillary vein was variable and often two easily compressible venous structures were identified.
Venous Doppler ultrasound was performed and showed extensive thrombosis of the right basilic vein up to the axillary vein and the left basilic vein up to the antecubital fossa.