Median Cubital Vein
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Median Cubital Vein
Median cubital vein
Superficial veins of the upper limb. The median cubital vein is labelled (in Latin) - Vena mediana cubiti.
Sourcecephalic vein
Drains tobasilic vein
Latinvena mediana cubiti
Anatomical terminology

In human anatomy, the median cubital vein (or median basilic vein) is a superficial vein of the upper limb.[1] It is very clinically relevant as it is routinely used for venipuncture (taking blood) and as a site for an intravenous cannula . It connects the basilic and cephalic vein and becomes prominent when pressure is applied. It lies in the cubital fossa superficial to the bicipital aponeurosis.

There exists a fair amount of variation of the median cubital vein. More commonly the vein forms an H-pattern with the cephalic and basilic veins making up the sides. Other forms include an M-pattern, where the vein branches to the cephalic and basilic veins.

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See also


  1. ^ Standring, Susan. Gray's anatomy: the anatomical basis of clinical practice (41 ed.). Elsevier Limited. pp. 837-861. ISBN 978-0-7020-5230-9.

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