hepatic portal vein


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he·pa·tic por·tal vein

[TA]
a wide short vein formed by the confluence of the superior mesenteric and splenic vein posterior to the neck of the pancreas, ascending anterior to the inferior vena cava, and dividing at the right end of the porta hepatis into right and left branches, which ramify within the liver.

hepatic portal vein

a large vein through which all venous blood from the gastrointestinal system enters the inferior surface of the liver. The vein then ramifies like an artery to distribute blood to small endothelial-lined hepatic sinusoids, which form the vascular exchange network of the liver.

hepatic portal vein

(1) Portal vein of liver; vena porta hepatis [NA6]. 
(2) An obsolete term that formerly dignified the transverse venous trunk formed by the bifurcation of the portal vein into right and left branches.

por·tal vein

(pōr'tăl vān)
A wide, short vein formed by the superior mesenteric and splenic vein posterior to the neck of the pancreas, ascending in front of the inferior vena cava, and dividing at the right end of the porta hepatis into right and left branches, which ramify within the liver.
Synonym(s): vena portae hepatis [TA] , hepatic portal vein.