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Portal circulation and functions

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Related to portal circulation: hepatic portal circulation

por·tal cir·cu·la·tion

1. circulation of blood to the liver from the smallintestine, the right half of the colon, and the spleenthrough the portal vein; sometimes specified as thehepatic portal circulation;
2. more generally, any part of the systemiccirculation in which blood draining from the capillarybed of one structure flows through a larger vessel(s)to supply the capillary bed of another structurebefore returning to the heart; for example, thehypothalamohypophysial portal system.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012



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