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Definition of Jugular

Jugular: The principal vein in the front of either side of the neck. The word comes from the Latin jugulum meaning throat. The jugular is "the vein of the throat" or in ancient times "the sacrificial vein."

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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