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vena cavanoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌviː.nəˈkeɪ.və/ (plural venae cavae ) specialized
one of the two very ​large veins through which ​bloodreturns to the ​heart, one from the ​upperbody and ​head and one from all of the ​body below the ​chest: The superior (= ​upper) and inferior (= ​lower) venae cavae ​collectblood that has ​circulated around the ​body.
(Definition of vena cava from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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vena cavanoun [C]

 /ˌvi·nə ˈkeɪ·və/ (plural venae cavae  /ˌvi·ni ˈkeɪ·vi/ )
biology one of the two very ​largeveins (= ​tubes that ​carryblood) that take ​blood without ​oxygen to the ​heart
(Definition of vena cava from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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