Definition of portacaval in English:

portacaval

(also portocaval)

Pronunciation /ˌpɔːtəˈkeɪvl/

adjective

Surgery
  • Designating or relating to a communication between the portal vein and the superior or inferior vena cava.

    "portacaval shunt" noun a surgical procedure creating such an anastomosis.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Lancet. In α form from port- + -o- + cava + -al.