Definition of azygos vein in English:

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azygos vein

Pronunciation: /ˈazəɡəs ˌvān/


A large vein on the right side at the back of the thorax, draining into the superior vena cava.
Example sentences
  • A persistent left superior vena cava may be associated with the presence of two azygos veins.
  • Other unusual sites of drainage include the coronary sinus, inferior vena cava, azygos vein, left subclavian vein, portal vein, and left persistent superior vena cava.
  • The thoracic duct has also been found draining into the azygos vein and the inferior vena cava.


Mid 17th century: azygos from Greek azugos, from a- 'without' + zugon 'yoke', the vein not being one of a pair.

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Syllabification: az·y·gos vein

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