The liver is composed of numerous functional units called lobules

The liver is composed of numerous functional units called lobules

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The liver is composed of numerous functional units called lobules. Within each lobule,  epithelial cells called hepatocytes are arranged in layers that radiate out from a central  vein. Hepatic sinusoids are spaces that lie between groups of layers, while smaller  channels called bile canaliculi separate other layers. Each of (usually) six corners of the  lobule are occupied by three vessels: one bile duct and two blood vessels (a portal  triad). The blood vessels are branches from the hepatic artery (carrying oxygenated  blood) and from the hepatic portal vein (carrying deoxygenated but nutrient-rich blood  from the small intestine). Blood enters the liver through the hepatic artery and hepatic portal vein and is  distributed to lobules. Blood flows into each lobule by passing through the hepatic  sinusoid and collecting in the central vein. The central veins of all the lobules merge and 
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