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superior vena cava

the large vein that drains the head, shoulders, and upper extremities and empties blood into the right atrium

great saphenous

the longest vein in the body; it is located in the lower extremities


carries venous blood from the liver to the inferior vena cava


the vein that receives blood from the axillary vein and the external jugular vein


"the main vein that drains the brain"

inferior vena cava

the common iliac vein empties its blood into this large vein


large deep vein in the thigh that enters the pelvis as the external iliac

median cubital

arm vein commonly used to administer IV fluids? draw a sample of blood


drains the kidney


formed by the merger of the superior mesenteric vein and the splenic vein


place for the maternal-fetal exchange of nutrients, gases, and waste

ductus arteriosus

a short tube that connects the fetal pulmonary artery with the aorta

foraman ovale

the hole between the right and left atria in the fetal heart

ductus venosus

the fetal structure that allows most of the blood to bypass the liver and to flow from the umbilical vein to the vena cava

umbilical cord

baby's lifeline, contains one umbilical vein and two umbilical arteries

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