portal vein
noun Etymology: 2portal Date: 1845 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Portal vein — A large vein that carries blood from the stomach and the intestines to the liver. The portal vein is formed by the union of the splenic and superior mesenteric veins. It conveys venous blood to the liver for detoxification before the blood is… …   Medical dictionary

  • portal vein — Anat. the large vein conveying blood to the liver from the veins of the stomach, intestine, spleen, and pancreas. [1835 45] * * * ▪ anatomy       large vein through which oxygen depleted blood from the stomach, the intestines, the spleen, the… …   Universalium

  • portal vein — (in full hepatic portal vein) noun Anatomy a vein conveying blood to the liver from the spleen, stomach, pancreas, and intestines …   English new terms dictionary

  • portal vein — A blood vessel that carries blood to the liver from the stomach, small and large intestines, spleen, pancreas, and gallbladder. Also called hepatic portal vein …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • portal vein — a short vein, about 8 cm long, forming part of the hepatic portal system. It receives many tributaries, including the splenic vein from the spleen and pancreas, the gastric vein from the stomach, the mesenteric vein from the small and large… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • portal vein — por′tal vein′ n. anat. a large vein conveying blood to the liver from the veins of the stomach, intestine, spleen, and pancreas • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • portal vein — noun A short, wide vein that carries blood to the liver from the organs of the digestive system …   Wiktionary

  • portal vein — large vein that carries blood from the intestines and stomach to the liver (Anatomy) …   English contemporary dictionary

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