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

  1. See hilum.

  2. See interventricular foramen.

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