Definition of venous in US English:



  • 1Relating to a vein or the veins.

    • ‘Right jugular venous distension was less than 4 cm above the sternal angle.’
    • ‘He had a raised jugular venous pressure and heard crackles at the base of both lungs.’
    • ‘Arterial and venous endothelial cells are molecularly distinct from the earliest stages of angiogenesis.’
    • ‘The standard technique for placing central venous catheters is by using anatomical landmarks.’
    • ‘They were also tested for the common gene mutations that predispose to venous thromboembolism.’
    • ‘There was no jugular venous distension, murmur, rub, gallop, thrill, or heave.’
    • ‘Sounds arising from venous flow in the abdomen, called venous hums, are uncommon.’
    • ‘The ink was all in the muscle, or in some cases had tracked into the vertebral venous plexuses.’
    • ‘Soon after, laboratory blood tests found that venous glucose concentration was only 1.2 mmol/l.’
    • ‘Once the wound occurs, the high venous pressure and resulting edema interferes with healing.’
    • ‘Check the lower extremities for edema and any signs suggestive of deep venous thrombosis.’
    • ‘The increase is probably due to raised venous pressure from jugular vein constriction.’
    • ‘A patient with advanced right heart failure will have jugular venous distension, edema and ascites.’
    • ‘Restricted space in most seats encourages musculoskeletal aches and venous stasis.’
    • ‘Brain parenchyma from the parietal lobe showed venous congestion, hemorrhage, and diffuse edema.’
    • ‘The confluences of the venous sinuses of the dura mater are variable.’
    • ‘The authors conclude that venous ulcers are a common and costly problem.’
    • ‘A venous Doppler study confirmed venous thrombosis of the deep femoral vein.’
    • ‘Two of the most common manifestations of venous insufficiency are varicose veins and hemorrhoids.’
    • ‘They play an important part in the venous drainage of subcutaneous veins.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to the dark red, oxygen-poor blood in the veins and pulmonary artery.
      • ‘The ulcers were secondary to venous insufficiency and had no exposed tendon or bone.’
      • ‘As the blood circulates, heat is transferred from the warm arterial blood to the cooler venous blood.’
      • ‘One preprandial and four postprandial venous blood samples were collected daily.’
      • ‘That made sense as dark red blood is venous, and by then I could see it pooling over the chest drapes.’
      • ‘Blood cells were separated from the venous blood of heavy smoker donors, who also suffered from mild primary hypertonia arterialis.’
      • ‘I was diagnosed with a blood vessel condition in my legs called venous insufficiency.’
      • ‘A chief suspect is the Patent Foramen Ovale or PFO, a flap in the heart that separates arterial and venous blood.’
      • ‘The primary end point was the recurrence of deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.’
      • ‘The stagnation of venous blood is a phenomenon that appears when the activity of the heart is weak.’
      • ‘Repetitive contractions of the leg muscles actively pump back the venous blood.’


Early 17th century: from Latin venosus ‘having many veins’, from vena ‘vein’.