portal vein definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A vein that conducts blood from the digestive organs, spleen, pancreas, and gallbladder to the liver.
portal vein - Medical Definition
A wide short vein that is formed by the superior mesenteric and splenic veins behind the pancreas, ascends in front of the inferior vena cava, and divides into right and left branches that ramify within the liver. Also called hepatic portal vein.