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hepatic vein

hepatic vein in Medicine

hepatic vein n.
Any of the veins that carry from the liver the blood collected from the hepatic artery and portel vein and that terminate in three large veins, designated right, middle, and left, that open into the inferior vena cava below the diaphragm.

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  • In the human liver there is no hepatic vein, though such an organ is found in the dog.

  • Now from the liver arose one great vessel, the hepatic vein, from division of which the others were held to come off as branches.

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