Share this entry
hilus Syllabification: hi·lus
Pronunciation: /ˈhīləs/

Definition of hilus in English:

noun (plural hiliˈhīlī-lē)

An indentation in the surface of a kidney, spleen, or other organ, where blood vessels, ducts, nerve fibers, etc., enter or leave it.
Example sentences
  • A laparotomy revealed an unresectable tumor encasing the hepatic arteries, portal vein, and common bile duct in the hepatic hilus.
  • The arteries enter at the hilus and are carried in, and branch with, the trabeculae.
  • At the center of the concave side, where the ureters and veins issue and arterial vessels and nerves usually enter, is the hilus.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, alteration of hilum.

Definition of hilus in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources