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Common hepatic duct

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The common hepatic duct is a component of the biliary tract, responsible for transporting bile produced by the liver to the duodenum. It is formed by the unison of the left and right hepatic ducts, which drain bile from the left and right functional lobes of the liver. It descends for about 3cm before being joined by the cystic duct on its right side, forming the bile duct within the free edge of the lesser omentum

The common hepatic duct is most often found running anterior to the right branch of the hepatic artery proper, though variations in this arrangement are common. The lumen of the duct is less than 5cm and is lined by columnar epithelial cells. 

Terminology English: Common hepatic duct
Latin: Ductus hepaticus communis
Definition A duct formed by the unison of the right and left hepatic ducts, which then unites with the cystic duct to form the bile duct.
Function Transport bile produced by the liver to the duodenum.

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