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Median basilic vein

The median basilic vein is also referred to as the medial cubital vein. It is located in the upper limb. It is used most often for taking blood, or venipuncture, and is the connection for the basilic and cephalic veins. The cephalic vein is another vein located in the upper limb and is also referred to as the antecubital vein. It communicates through the elbow with the median basilic vein to the basilic vein. The basilic vein is large in size. This helps with the draining of some parts of the forearm and hand. The vein is usually visible through the skin. The median basilic vein lies within the elbow pit (cubital fossa), which is the area on the anterior of the elbow which is triangular in shape. Additionally, it is superficial to the lacertus fibrosus, also referred to as the bicipital aponeurosis, which is also located in the cubital fossa.

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