Definition of porta hepatis in US English:

porta hepatis

noun

Anatomy
  • The transverse fissure of the liver, through which pass the portal vein, hepatic artery, hepatic duct, and lymphatics and nerves.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

porta hepatis

/ˌpɔːtə ˈhɛpətɪs/