popliteal vein

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pop·lit·e·al vein

[TA]
formed at the lower border of the popliteus muscle by the union of the anterior and posterior tibial veins, ascends through the popliteal space where it receives the lesser saphenous vein and passes through the adductor hiatus, entering the adductor canal as the femoral vein.
Synonym(s): vena poplitea [TA]

pop·lit·e·al vein

(pop-lit'ē-ăl vān) [TA]
Formed at the lower border of the popliteus muscle by the union of the anterior and posterior tibial veins, ascends through the popliteal space, where it receives the lesser saphenous vein and passes through the adductor hiatus, entering the adductor canal as the femoral vein.

popliteal vein

The vein that accompanies the popliteal artery. It is formed by the merger of the anterior and posterior tibial veins, and it ends by becoming the femoral vein at the distal opening of the adductor canal. The short saphenous vein is a major tributary of the popliteal vein.
See also: vein