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cephalic vein


Definition: subcutaneous vein that arises at the radial border of the dorsal venous network of the hand, passes upward anterior to the elbow and along the lateral side of the arm; it empties into the upper part of the axillary vein.

Synonym(s): vena cephalicaTA

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