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saphenous

Syllabification: sa·phe·nous
Pronunciation: /səˈfēnəs
 
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Definition of saphenous in English:

adjective

[attributive] Anatomy
Relating to or denoting either of the two large superficial veins in the leg.
Example sentences
  • Its continued use after 1 year in patients with saphenous vein to coronary artery grafts is justified on the grounds of the beneficial effect of aspirin in coronary artery disease.
  • During coronary artery bypass graft surgery, a general surgeon is asked by the cardiac surgeon to harvest a saphenous vein.
  • The treatment of old saphenous vein graft stenosis with coronary angioplasty has a high rate of restenosis and clinical events.

Origin

mid 19th century: from medieval Latin saphena 'vein' + -ous.

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