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One who has a right to give orders; belonging to a higher grade.

A superior is someone or something entitled to command, influence, or control. In the judicial system, a superior court has general or extensive jurisdiction, as opposed to an inferior court. A superior court bears a different meaning in different states. In some states, it is a tribunal of intermediate jurisdiction between the trial courts and the chief appellate court; in other states, however, it is the name given to trial courts.

In the law of Negligence, a superior force is an uncontrollable and irresistible force that produces results that could not be avoided.

In real property, a holder of a superior estate has an Easement, or a nonpossessory interest in land, in an inferior estate.


(Excellent), adjective above average, above par, better, choice, deluxe, distinguished, exceptional, finer, first-rate, foremost, greater, high-class, high-grade, illustrious, incomparable, matchless, melior, noble, nonpareil, peerless, praestantior, preferable, preferred, seccnd to none, superexcellent, superlative, supreme, topping, transcendent, unequaled, unexcelled, unparalleled, unrivalled, unsurpassed


(Higher), adjective chief, greater, more eleeated, of greater influence, of higher rank, paramount, senior
Associated concepts: respondeat superior, superior court, superior force
See also: absolute, ascendant, best, chief, director, disdainful, dominant, employer, ideal, important, inflated, irresistible, meritorious, notable, outstanding, paramount, predominant, preferable, preferential, premium, prime, principal, prior, professional, prominent, select, special, stellar, sterling, superlative, unapproachable, valuable


in feudal law, the person from whom a person lower in the feudal chain holds his land.

SUPERIOR. One who has a right to command; one who holds a superior rank; as, a soldier is bound to obey his superior.
     2. In estates, some are superior to others; an estate entitled to a servitude or easement over another estate, is called the superior or dominant, and the other the inferior or servient estate. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1612.
     3. Of courts, some are supreme or superior, possessing in general appellate jurisdiction, either by writ of error or by appeal; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2527; the others are called inferior courts.

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Guidelines for the use of retrievable and convertible vena cava filters: Report from the Society of Interventional Radiology Multidisciplinary Consensus Conference.
The second patient also had renal vein involvement; however invasion into the vena cava was also noted along with bland tumour thrombus extending bilaterally to the iliac veins.
Journal of Vascular Surgery, "Effective control of massive venous bleeding by 'multi-overlapping therapy' using polysaccharide nanosheets in a rabbit inferior vena cava injury model"
The vena cava inferior into which all pulmonary veins and the truncal vein where they are combined are drained is clearly visualized on these advanced imaging methods and provide a great convenience during operation for the surgeon (Picture 2C and D).
Percutaneous translumbar inferior vena cava cannulation for hemodialysis.
Vena Cava filters are implanted in the inferior Vena Cava, a large vein that carries blood to the heart, to prevent blood clots released during surgery from causing pulmonary embolisms; the filters can be left in place in the blood vessels on either a temporary or permanent basis.
Current practice of temporary vena cava filter insertion: a multicenter registry.
About 45%-50% of patients who receive filters in their inferior vena cava need them temporarily, Dr.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its novel inferior vena cava filter (VCF) with bi-directional retrieval.
He was diagnosed with a very advanced cancer after scans showed a tumor in his right kidney was growing into a major blood vessel, the vena cava, toward his heart.