Common cardinal veins

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Common cardinal veins
Scheme of arrangement of parietal veins.
Human embryo with heart and anterior body-wall removed to show the sinus venosus and its tributaries.
Latin vena cardinalis communis
Gray's p.520
Anatomical terminology

During development of the veins, the first indication of a parietal system consists in the appearance of two short transverse veins, the ducts of Cuvier (or common cardinal veins[1]), which open, one on either side, into the sinus venosus. Each of these ducts receives an ascending and descending vein. The ascending veins return the blood from the parietes of the trunk and from the Wolffian bodies, and are called cardinal veins.

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  1. ^ ZFIN: Anatomical Structure: common cardinal vein

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.