One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inflammation of the portal vein or its branches.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robley Dunglison (1798–1869), physician and medical writer. From post-classical Latin pylephlebitis from Hellenistic Greek πύλη portal vein, specifically use of ancient Greek πύλη gate, orifice + post-classical Latin phlebitis.
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