Vein, great saphenous
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 thigh, a fibrous membrane through which the vein passes. The other saphenous vein, termed 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 great saphenous vein is also called the large 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

  • Vein, small saphenous — 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • great saphenous vein — noun the longest vein in the body; runs from foot to the groin where it joins the femoral vein • Syn: ↑long saphenous vein • Hypernyms: ↑saphenous vein, ↑vena saphena …   Useful english dictionary

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