ophthalmic vein

ophthalmic vein n either of two veins that pass from the orbit:
a) one that begins at the inner angle of the orbit and passes through its superior part and through the superior orbital fissure to empty into the cavernous sinus called also superior ophthalmic vein
b) one that drains a venous network in the floor and medial wall of the orbit and passes posteriorly dividing into two parts of which one passes through the inferior orbital fissure to join the pterygoid plexus of veins and the other passes through the superior orbital fissure and empties into the cavernous sinus called also inferior ophthalmic vein

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • ophthalmic vein — noun either of two veins that serve the eye; empties into the cavernous sinus • Syn: ↑vena ophthalmica • Hypernyms: ↑vein, ↑vena, ↑venous blood vessel • Hyponyms: ↑inferior ophthalmic vein, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ophthalmic vein inferior — vena ophthalmica inferior …   Medical dictionary

  • ophthalmic vein superior — vena ophthalmica superior …   Medical dictionary

  • Superior ophthalmic vein — Infobox Vein Name = Superior ophthalmic vein Latin = vena ophthalmica superior GraySubject = 171 GrayPage = 659 Caption = Veins of orbit. (Superior ophthalmic labeled at top.) Caption2 = The sinuses at the base of the skull. (Superior ophthalmic… …   Wikipedia

  • Inferior ophthalmic vein — Infobox Vein Name = Inferior ophthalmic vein Latin = vena ophthalmica inferior GraySubject = 171 GrayPage = 659 Caption = Veins of orbit. Caption2 = DrainsFrom = Source = vorticose veins DrainsTo = superior ophthalmic vein, cavernous sinus Artery …   Wikipedia

  • inferior ophthalmic vein — n OPHTHALMIC VEIN (b) …   Medical dictionary

  • superior ophthalmic vein — n OPHTHALMIC VEIN (a) …   Medical dictionary

  • inferior ophthalmic vein — noun a vein that drains a venous network in the floor and medial wall of the eye socket • Hypernyms: ↑ophthalmic vein, ↑vena ophthalmica …   Useful english dictionary

  • superior ophthalmic vein — noun a vein that begins at the inner angle of the eye socket and passes through the superior orbital fissure to empty into the cavernous sinus • Hypernyms: ↑ophthalmic vein, ↑vena ophthalmica …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ophthalmic veins — Vein: Ophthalmic veins Veins of orbit. Gray s subject #171 659 …   Wikipedia

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