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Anterior view of right upper limb and thorax - axillary vein and the distal part of the basilic vein and cephalic vein.
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Anterior view of right upper limb and thorax - axillary vein and the distal part of the basilic vein and cephalic vein.

In human anatomy, the axillary vein is a large blood vessel that conveys blood from the lateral aspect of the thorax, axilla (armpit) and upper limb toward the heart. Its origin is at the lower margin of the teres major muscle and a continuation of the brachial vein. Its tributaries include the basilic vein and cephalic vein, which are both superficial veins. It terminates at the lateral margin of the first rib, at which it becomes the subclavian vein. This vein is located in the superficial fascia along the anterolateral surface of the biceps brachii muscle and is often visible through the skin. ... Human anatomy or anthropotomy is a special field within anatomy. ... The arterial system The blood vessels are part of the circulatory system and function to transport blood throughout the body. ... Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are present in the blood and help carry oxygen to the rest of the cells in the body Blood is a circulating tissue composed of fluid plasma and cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets). ... Diagram of a tsetse fly, showing the head, thorax and abdomen The thorax is a division of an animals body that lies between the head and the abdomen. ... The armpit (or axilla) is the area on the human body directly under the area where the arm connects to the shoulder. ... In humans, the upper limb is an anatomical term for the limb that is attached to the pectoral girdle. ... The heart and lungs (from an older edition of Grays Anatomy) The heart (Latin cor) is a hollow, muscular organ that pumps blood through the blood vessels by repeated, rhythmic contractions. ... This vein is located in the superficial fascia along the anterolateral surface of the biceps brachii muscle and is often visible through the skin. ... Superficial vein is a term used to describe a vein that is close to the surface of the body. ... The human rib cage. ... The subclavian vein is a continuation of the axillary vein and runs from the outer border of the first rib to the medial border of scalenus anterior. ...


It is accompanied along its course by a similarly named artery, the axillary artery. Section of an artery An artery or arterial is also a class of highway. ... Axillary artery and its branches - anterior view of right upper limb and thorax. ...


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In human anatomy, the axillary vein is a large blood vessel that conveys blood from the lateral aspect of the thorax, axilla (armpit) and upper limb toward the heart.
Its origin is at the lower margin of the teres major muscle and a continuation of the brachial vein.
Its tributaries include the basilic vein and cephalic vein, which are both superficial veins.
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