portal vein


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

First Known Use of portal vein

1765, in the meaning defined above

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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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