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Encyclopedia > Superficial vein

Superficial vein is a term used to describe a vein that is close to the surface of the body. It is used to differentiate veins that are close to the surface from veins that are far from the surface, known as deep veins. In biology, a vein is a blood vessel which returns blood from the microvasculature to the heart. ... Deep vein is a term used to describe a vein that is deep in the body. ...


Superficial veins are not paired with an artery, unlike the deep veins, which typically have an artery with the same name close by. Section of an artery An artery or arterial is also a class of highway. ...


Superficial veins are important physiologically for cooling of the body. When the body is too hot the body shunts blood from the deep veins to the superficial veins, to facilitate heat transfer to the surroundings. Superficial veins can be seen with under the skin. Ones below the level of the heart tend to bulge out. (You can test this by looking at your hand: raise it above your heart and the blood should drain--lower it below your heart it will fill). Physiology (in Greek physis = nature and logos = word) is the study of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of living organisms. ... With regard to living things, a body is the integral physical material of an individual, and contrasts with soul, personality and behavior. ... Deep vein is a term used to describe a vein that is deep in the body. ... This article is in the process of being merged into Heat, and may be outdated. ...

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Some named superficial veins

Upper limb

This vein is located in the superficial fascia along the anterolateral surface of the biceps brachii muscle and is often visible through the skin. ... Venipuncture (also known as phlebotomy or simply bleeding) is the process of obtaining blood from someone, from one of their veins. ...

Lower limb

The great (also called greater) saphenous vein is the large subcutaneous vein of the leg and thigh. ...

Also see

Varicose veins are veins on the leg which are large, twisted, and ropelike, and can cause pain, swelling, or itching. ... Deep vein is a term used to describe a vein that is deep in the body. ...

External links

  • The Veins of the Lower Extremity, Abdomen, and Pelvis - Gray's Anatomy.

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Superficial Thrombophlebitis - Health EncyclopediaNews Story - WRC | Washington (746 words)
Superficial thrombophlebitis may occur after the recent use of an intravenous (IV) line, after trauma to the vein, or for no apparent reason in persons at risk for thrombophlebitis.
Superficial thrombophlebitis may be associated with Factor V Leiden, prothrombin gene mutation, and, occasionally, abdominal cancers (such as carcinoma of the pancreas), deep vein thrombosis, and thromboangiitis obliterans.
Surgical removal (phlebectomy), stripping, or sclerotherapy of the affected vein are occasionally needed to treat large varicose veins or to prevent further episodes of thrombophlebitis in predisposed patients.
Superficial vein - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (234 words)
Superficial vein is a term used to describe a vein that is close to the surface of the body.
It is used to differentiate veins that are close to the surface from veins that are far from the surface, known as deep veins.
Superficial veins are not paired with an artery, unlike the deep veins, which typically have an artery with the same name close by.
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