Large saphenous vein
The larger of the two saphenous veins, the principal veins that run up the leg superficially (near the surface). The large saphenous vein goes from the foot all the way up to the saphenous opening, an oval aperture in the broad fascia of the thigh, a fibrous membrane through which the vein passes. The other saphenous vein, termed (not too surprisingly) the small saphenous vein, runs behind the outer malleolus (the protuberance on the outside of the ankle joint), comes up the back of the leg and joins the popliteal vein in the space behind the knee (the popliteal space). The large saphenous vein is also called the great saphenous vein.

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  • Vein, large saphenous — The larger of the two saphenous veins, the principal veins that run up the leg superficially (near the surface). The large saphenous vein goes from the foot all the way up to the saphenous opening, an oval aperture in the broad fascia of the… …   Medical dictionary

  • Saphenous vein — The saphenous veins there are two, the great and the small saphenous veins – serve as the principal veins running superficially (near the surface) up the leg. The great saphenous vein (also called the large saphenous vein) goes from the foot all… …   Medical dictionary

  • Saphenous vein, great — The larger of the two saphenous veins, the principal veins that run up the leg superficially (near the surface). The great saphenous vein goes from the foot all the way up to the saphenous opening, an oval aperture in the broad fascia of the… …   Medical dictionary

  • saphenous vein — noun either of two chief superficial veins of the leg that drain blood from the foot • Syn: ↑vena saphena • Hypernyms: ↑vein, ↑vena, ↑venous blood vessel • Hyponyms: ↑long saphenous vein, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saphenous vein, small — The smaller of the two saphenous veins, the principal veins that run up the leg superficially (near the surface). The small saphenous vein, runs behind the outer malleolus (the protuberance on the outside of the ankle joint), comes up the back of …   Medical dictionary

  • saphenous vein — sa•phe′nous vein′ [[t]səˈfi nəs[/t]] n. anat. either of two large veins near the surface of the leg from thigh to foot, one along the inner side and the other outer and posterior • Etymology: 1830–40; saphen(a)saphenous vein (ME < ML < Ar… …   From formal English to slang

  • saphenous vein — Anat. either of two large veins near the surface of the foot, leg, and thigh, one on the inner side and the other on the outer and posterior sides. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • Great saphenous vein — The larger of the two saphenous veins, the principal veins that run up the leg superficially (near the surface). The great saphenous vein goes from the foot all the way up to the saphenous opening, an oval aperture in the broad fascia of the… …   Medical dictionary

  • Great saphenous vein — Infobox Vein Name = Great saphenous vein Latin = vena saphena magna GraySubject = 173 GrayPage = 669 Caption = The great saphenous vein and landmarks along its course Caption2 = The great saphenous vein and its tributaries at the fossa ovalis in… …   Wikipedia

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