hep•a•to•por'tal sys"tem

Pronunciation: (hep"u-tō-pôr'tl, -pōr'-, hi-pat"u-), [key] Anat.
a vascular arrangement in vertebrates through which blood is transported into the liver from capillaries of the stomach, spleen, duodenum, pancreas, and intestines. Cf. portal system.

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