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central venous pressure

 

Definition: the pressure of the blood within the venous system in the superior and inferior vena cava cephalad to the diaphragm, normally between 4–10 cm of water; it is depressed in circulatory shock and deficiencies of circulating blood volume and increased with cardiac failure and congestion of the venous circulation.

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