Medical Dictionary


noun hi·lum \ˈhī-ləm\
plural hi·la \-lə\

Medical Definition of HILUM

:  a scar on a seed (as a bean) marking the point of attachment of the ovule
:  a notch in or opening from a bodily part suggesting the hilum of a bean especially when it is where the blood vessels, nerves, or ducts leave and enter: as a :  the indented part of a kidney b :  the depression in the medial surface of a lung that forms the opening through which the bronchus, blood vessels, and nerves pass c :  a shallow depression in one side of a lymph node through which blood vessels pass and efferent lymphatic vessels emerge


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