superior mesenteric vein


A vein that begins at the ileum in the right iliac fossa, ascends in the root of the mesentery, and unites behind the pancreas with the splenic vein to form the portal vein.

Nearby words

  1. superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis,
  2. superior longitudinal fasciculus,
  3. superior medullary velum,
  4. superior mesenteric lymph node,
  5. superior mesenteric plexus,
  6. superior oblique muscle,
  7. superior oblique muscle of head,
  8. superior ophthalmic vein,
  9. superior orbital fissure,
  10. superior ovary

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