saphenous vein

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(saphena) either of two superficial veins of the leg, draining blood from the foot. The long saphenous vein – the longest vein in the body – runs from the foot, up the medial side of the leg, to the groin, where it joins the femoral vein. The short saphenous vein runs up the back of the calf to join the popliteal vein at the back of the knee.

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