Definition of subclavian in English:

subclavian

adjective

Anatomy
  • Relating to or denoting an artery or vein which serves the neck and arm on the left or right side of the body.

    • ‘One patient with antiphospholipid antibodies developed a right subclavian and jugular vein thrombosis requiring removal of a Hickman catheter.’
    • ‘The aortic arch is anchored with the neck vessels including the left subclavian artery, and the descending thoracic aorta is fixed to the thorax by the ligamentum arteriosum and by the intercostal arteries.’
    • ‘Opening of the thorax showed extensive compression of the regional vasculature, including the left innominate vein, left subclavian vein, and superior vena cava.’
    • ‘The two possibilities are balloon flotation catheters inserted through the subclavian or jugular vein and semirigid pacing wires through the femoral vein.’
    • ‘It has been reported that a brachiocephalic artery gave rise to both common carotids and to both subclavian arteries.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from modern Latin subclavius, from sub under + clavis key (see clavicle), + -ian.

Pronunciation:

subclavian

/sʌbˈkleɪvɪən/