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Dictionary » A » Antecubital fossa

Antecubital fossa

Definition

noun

(anatomy) The fossa in the anterior of the cubitus, or simply the depression in front of the elbow.


Supplement

It contains the tendon of the biceps, the median nerve and the brachial artery.

It is the region where blood is commonly drawn from since superficial veins cross through it. It is the site where blood pressure is measured. The stethoscope is placed over the brachial artery in the fossa. It is also an area used to palpate for the brachial pulse.


Word origin: ante- » prefix meaning "before," from L. ante (prep. and adv.) "before, in front of, opposite" + cubital » late ME < L cubitālis + fossa » L: ditch, trench, fosse, short for fossa (terra), dug or dug out (earth).

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