Hepatopancreatic ampulla

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The hepatopancreatic ampulla or ampulla of Vater is formed by the union of the bile duct and the main pancreatic duct. It joins the duodenum through the hepatopancreatic sphincter or sphincter of Oddi.

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ΕΤΥΜΟΛΟΓΙΑ Ampulla is a Latin word for a sort of flask or bottle. Abraham Vater was a German 18th Century anatomist.

Sphincter is an Ancient Greek word and Oddi was an Italian anatomist & surgeon.

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