Cardinal veins
Cardinal Car"di*nal, a. [L. cardinalis, fr. cardo the hinge of a door, that on which a thing turns or depends: cf. F. cardinal.] Of fundamental importance; pre["e]minent; superior; chief; principal. [1913 Webster]

The cardinal intersections of the zodiac. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

Impudence is now a cardinal virtue. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

But cardinal sins, and hollow hearts, I fear ye. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Cardinal numbers}, the numbers one, two, three, etc., in distinction from first, second, third, etc., which are called {ordinal numbers}.

{Cardinal points} (a) (Geol.) The four principal points of the compass, or intersections of the horizon with the meridian and the prime vertical circle, north, south east, and west. (b) (Astrol.) The rising and setting of the sun, the zenith and nadir.

{Cardinal signs} (Astron.) Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn.

{Cardinal teeth} (Zo["o]l.), the central teeth of bivalve shell. See {Bivalve}.

{Cardinal veins} (Anat.), the veins in vertebrate embryos, which run each side of the vertebral column and returm the blood to the heart. They remain through life in some fishes.

{Cardinal virtues}, pre["e]minent virtues; among the ancients, prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude.

{Cardinal winds}, winds which blow from the cardinal points due north, south, east, or west. [1913 Webster]


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  • cardinal veins — two pairs of veins in the embryo that carry blood from the head (anterior cardinal veins) and trunk (posterior cardinal veins); they unite to form the common cardinal vein, which drains into the sinus venosus of the heart. * * * embryonic vessels …   Medical dictionary

  • cardinal veins — two pairs of veins in the embryo that carry blood from the head (anterior cardinal veins) and trunk (posterior cardinal veins); they unite to form the common cardinal vein, which drains into the sinus venosus of the heart …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Cardinal veins — Infobox Embryology Name = PAGENAME Latin = GraySubject = 135 GrayPage = 520 Caption = Scheme of arrangement of parietal veins. Caption2 = Human embryo with heart and anterior body wall removed to show the sinus venosus and its tributaries. System …   Wikipedia

  • cardinal veins common — two short venous trunks in the embryo that open into the primordial atrium of the heart; the right one combines with the anterior cardinal vein to become the superior vena cava …   Medical dictionary

  • cardinal veins anterior — precardinal v s …   Medical dictionary

  • cardinal veins posterior — postcardinal v s …   Medical dictionary

  • Common cardinal veins — Scheme of arrangement of parietal veins …   Wikipedia

  • Вены Кардиальные (Cardinal Veins) — две пары вен у эмбриона, по которым кровь поступает от передней области тела (передние кардиальные вены (anterior cardinal veins)) и задней области тела (задние кардиальные вены (posterior cardinal veins)). Вены каждой стороны впадают в… …   Медицинские термины

  • Cardinal — Car di*nal, a. [L. cardinalis, fr. cardo the hinge of a door, that on which a thing turns or depends: cf. F. cardinal.] Of fundamental importance; pre[ e]minent; superior; chief; principal. [1913 Webster] The cardinal intersections of the zodiac …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cardinal numbers — Cardinal Car di*nal, a. [L. cardinalis, fr. cardo the hinge of a door, that on which a thing turns or depends: cf. F. cardinal.] Of fundamental importance; pre[ e]minent; superior; chief; principal. [1913 Webster] The cardinal intersections of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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