Venae cordis minimae

The venae cordis minimae (singular: vena cordis minima), meaning "smallest cardiac veins", also known as Thebesian veins (variably capitalized in the literature) are a small group of valveless myocardial coronary veins within the walls of each of the four cardiac chambers that drain venous blood directly into each of the respective chambers. They are most frequently found in the right atrium and are of little physiological/pathological significance. 

History and etymology

The Thebesian veins are named after the Silesian physician Adam Christian Thebesius (1686-1732), who published groundbreaking work on the coronary circulation in the early 18th century 3. The Thebesian valve is also named after him.

Anatomy: Thoracic


Article information

rID: 54272
System: Cardiac, Vascular
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Vena cordis minima
  • Thebesian vein
  • Smallest cardiac vein
  • Smallest cardiac veins
  • Thebesian veins

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