The cerebral veins (latin: venae cerebri) are venous blood vessels that drain the surfaces and the interior of the cerebral hemispheres and cerebellum.
The cerebral veins are subdivided into two groups:
- superficial cerebral veins,
- deep cerebral veins.
The superficial cerebral veins (latin: venae cerebri superficiales) are venous blood vessels that drain the cerebral cortex and cerebellar cortex. The superficial cerebral veins include the superior superficial cerebral veins, the middle cerebral superficial veins, the inferior superficial cerebral veins, superior and inferior cerebellar veins.
The deep cerebral veins (latin: venae cerebri profundae) are venous blood vessels that collect blood from the white matter, basal ganglia and from the choroid plexuses. In the human brain, there are four paired and one unpaired deep cerebral vein. The deep cerebral veins include the thalamostriate vein, choroid vein, vein of the septum pellucidum, internal cerebral vein, and great cerebral vein.