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vein that drains the occipital region and empties into the internal jugular vein or the suboccipital plexus.
Synonym(s): vena occipitalis [TA]
oc·cip·i·tal vein(ok-sip'i-tăl vān) [TA]
Drains the occipital region and empties into the internal jugular vein or the suboccipital plexus.
The merger of a network of veins along the posterior scalp into a single vein, the occipital vein, which runs down the scalp and under the trapezius muscle. The occipital vein empties into some or all of these veins: the deep cervical, the vertebral, and the posterior auricular veins.
See also: vein