Lobules of the Liver

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Lobules of the liver (1), which are small, granular-looking bodies, of polygonal shape, and about 1/20 inch in diameter, clustered around the sublobular branches of the hepatic veins, and connected together by connective tissue (3), blood-vessels, ducts (2), and lymphatics. Each lobule consists of a mass of hepatic cells, surrounded by a dense capillary plexus, and contains the minute beginnings of a bile-duct, the so-called biliary capillaries; possessing therefore all the essential constituents of a secreting gland. A lobule contains hepatic cells, lobular veins (3), intralobular veins (4), and plexuses of lymphatics, nerves, and bile-ducts.


Metheny, D. Gregg Potter's Compend of Human Anatomy 8th Ed. (Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son & Co., 1915) 339


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