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portal

 [por´tal]
1. porta.
2. pertaining to an entrance, especially the porta hepatis.
portal vein a short, thick trunk formed by the union of the superior mesenteric, inferior mesenteric, and splenic veins behind the neck of the pancreas; it ascends to the right end of the porta hepatis, where it divides into successively smaller branches, following branches of the hepatic artery, until it forms a capillary system of sinusoids that permeates the entire substance of the liver.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

portal vein

n.
A vein that conducts blood from the digestive organs, spleen, pancreas, and gallbladder to the liver.
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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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

portal vein

The large vein that carries blood from the intestines, the STOMACH, the lower end of the OESOPHAGUS and the SPLEEN into the liver. After a meal the portal vein contains large quantities of digested nutrients.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

portal vein

any vein that carries blood from one set of capillaries to another, such as renal-portal and hepatic-portal veins.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Portal vein

Formed by a fusion of small veins that end in a network of capillaries, the portal vein delivers blood to the liver.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.