One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The transverse fissure of the liver, through which pass the portal vein, hepatic artery, hepatic duct, and lymphatics and nerves.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Quain's Elements of Anatomy. From scientific Latin porta hepatis from classical Latin porta + post-classical Latin hepatis, genitive of hepar liver.
porta hepatis/ˌpɔːtə ˈhɛpətɪs/
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