temporal vein

temporal vein n any of several veins draining the temporal region: as
a ) (1) a large vein on each side of the head that is formed by anterior and posterior tributaries from the scalp and adjacent parts, receives the middle temporal vein, and unites with the maxillary vein to form a vein that contributes to the formation of the external jugular vein called also superficial temporal vein (2) a vein that drains the lateral orbital region and empties into the superficial temporal vein just above the zygomatic arch called also middle temporal vein
b) any of several veins arising from behind the temporalis and emptying into the pterygoid plexus called also deep temporal vein

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • temporal vein — noun any of several veins draining the temporal region • Syn: ↑vena temporalis • Hypernyms: ↑vein, ↑vena, ↑venous blood vessel • Hyponyms: ↑deep temporal vein, ↑middle …   Useful english dictionary

  • temporal vein middle — vena temporalis media …   Medical dictionary

  • Superficial temporal vein — Infobox Vein Name = PAGENAME Latin = venae temporales superficiales GraySubject = 167 GrayPage = 645 Caption = Veins of the head and neck. ( Sup. Temp. labeled at center, anterior to the ear.) Caption2 = Bloodvessels of the eyelids, front view.… …   Wikipedia

  • superficial temporal vein — noun join the middle temporal vein to empty into the retromandibular vein • Hypernyms: ↑temporal vein, ↑vena temporalis * * * noun see temporal vein …   Useful english dictionary

  • deep temporal vein — noun temporal veins that empty into the pterygoid plexus • Hypernyms: ↑temporal vein, ↑vena temporalis * * * noun see temporal vein …   Useful english dictionary

  • deep temporal vein — n TEMPORAL VEIN (b) …   Medical dictionary

  • middle temporal vein — n TEMPORAL VEIN (a(2)) …   Medical dictionary

  • superficial temporal vein — n TEMPORAL VEIN (a(1)) …   Medical dictionary

  • middle temporal vein — noun arises near the eye; joins the superficial temporal veins to form the retromandibular vein • Hypernyms: ↑temporal vein, ↑vena temporalis …   Useful english dictionary

  • Vein — A blood vessel that carries blood low in oxygen content from the body back to the heart. The deoxygenated form of hemoglobin (deoxyhemoglobin) in venous blood makes it appear dark. Veins are part of the afferent wing of the circulatory system… …   Medical dictionary

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