Median cubital vein

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Median cubital vein
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Superficial veins of the upper limb. The median cubital vein is labelled (in latin) - Vena mediana cubiti.
Details
Latin vena mediana cubiti
Source
cephalic vein
Drains to
basilic vein
Identifiers
Gray's p.661
Dorlands
/Elsevier
v_05/12850967
TA A12.3.08.019
FMA FMA:22963
Anatomical terminology

In human anatomy, the median cubital vein (or median basilic vein) is a superficial vein of the upper limb. It connects the basilic and cephalic vein and is often used for venipuncture (taking blood). It lies in the cubital fossa superficial to the bicipital aponeurosis.

There exists a fair amount of variation of the median cubital vein. More commonly the vein forms an H-pattern with the cephalic and basilic veins making up the sides. Other forms include an M-pattern, where the vein branches to the cephalic and basilic veins.

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