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(anatomy) an aperture in an organ, such as the liver, esp one providing an opening for blood vessels
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C14: from Latin: gate, entrance
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  • It was about four o'clock in the afternoon when the tiny cavalcade clattered through the porta Castiglione.

    Clementina A.E.W. Mason
  • “Then we must turn to the left, towards the porta Asinaria,” cried Aurelius.

  • He was not dazzled by the reputation of Baptista porta; he respected porta, but respected truth even more.

    Makers of Electricity Brother Potamian
  • Then she made her way to the porta Basilica and passed into the church.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • Accordingly, we made our way back to the porta Marina, and down the path toward the entrance to the ruins.

    Pharos, The Egyptian Guy Newell Boothby
  • It now forms one of the city gates, under the name of the porta Maggiore.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • At Perugia one of the gates, the porta eburnea, was thought lucky, and the Baglioni always went out to fight through it.

  • porta developed his theory in detail, and pushed it to great lengths.

  • This sorceress lived hard by the porta alla Croce, for there are always many witches in that quarter.

    Legends of Florence Charles Godfrey Leland
porta in Medicine

porta por·ta (pôr'tə)
n. pl. por·tae (-tē)

  1. See hilum.

  2. See interventricular foramen.

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