The term "vena amoris" is a Latin phrase that translates to "vein of love" in English. In ancient Roman and Greek mythology, it was believed that there was a vein that ran directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart. This belief led to the tradition of wearing wedding and engagement rings on the fourth finger of the left hand, which is commonly known as the ring finger.
While the concept of the vena amoris and its connection to the heart is based on ancient beliefs, modern anatomical understanding has shown that there is no specific vein that runs directly from the fourth finger to the heart. The circulation of blood in the body is more complex and interconnected.
Nevertheless, the tradition of wearing wedding and engagement rings on the fourth finger of the left hand continues to be prevalent in many cultures around the world. The ring finger has come to symbolize commitment, love, and marital status, regardless of the anatomical accuracy of the vena amoris concept.