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Medical Term:

left umbilical vein

 

Definition: the vein that returns the blood from the placenta to the fetus; traversing the umbilical cord, it enters the fetal body at the umbilicus and then passes into the liver, where it is joined by the portal vein; its blood then flows by way of the ductus venosus and the inferior vena cava to the right atrium.

Synonym(s): vena umbilicalisTA

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