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Medical Term:

hepatic portal vein


Definition: 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.

Synonym(s): vena portae hepatisTA, portal vein, vena portalis

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