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portal-systemic encephalopathy

portal-systemic encephalopathy in Medicine

portal-systemic encephalopathy n.
Encephalopathy associated with cirrhosis of the liver, attributed to the passage of toxic nitrogenous substances from the portal to the systemic circulation. Also called hepatic encephalopathy.

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