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Pronunciation: ve'no-per'-i-to-ne-os'to-me

Definition: An obsolete operation involving insertion of the cut end of the saphenous vein into the peritoneal cavity in cases of ascites; the vein is inverted so that the valves prevent regurgitation of blood into the cavity while the ascitic fluid flows into the vein.

[veno- + peritoneum + G. stoma, mouth]

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