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Definition of vena cava noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

vena cava

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌviːnə ˈkeɪvə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌviːnə ˈkeɪvə//
 
(pl. venae cavae
BrE BrE//ˌviːniː ˈkeɪviː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌviːniː ˈkeɪviː//
 
)
(anatomy)
 
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either of the two veins that take blood without oxygen in it towards the heart Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘hollow vein’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vena cava