highest intercostal vein

su·preme in·ter·cos·tal vein

[TA]
the vein draining the first intercostal space into either the vertebral or the brachiocephalic vein.

highest intercostal vein

Etymology: ME, heigh + L, inter, between, costa, rib, vena, vein
one of a pair of veins that drain the blood from the upper two or three intercostal spaces. The right vein descends and opens into the azygous vein. The left vein crosses the arch of the aorta and opens into the left brachiocephalic vein, usually receiving the left bronchial vein.

high·est in·ter·cos·tal vein

(hī'ĕst in'tĕr-kos'tăl vān)
Drains the first intercostal space into either the vertebral or the brachiocephalic vein.
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