portal vein

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portal vein

noun

Definition of PORTAL VEIN

:  a vein that collects blood from one part of the body and distributes it in another through capillaries; especially :  a vein carrying blood from the digestive organs and spleen to the liver

Origin of PORTAL VEIN

2portal
First Known Use: 1845

portal vein

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PORTAL VEIN

: a large vein that is formed by fusion of other veins, that terminates in a capillary network, and that delivers blood to some area of the body other than the heart; especially : hepatic portal vein

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