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hepatic

[hi-pat-ik] /hɪˈpæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the liver.
2.
acting on the liver, as a medicine.
3.
liver-colored; dark reddish-brown.
4.
Botany. belonging or pertaining to the liverworts.
noun
5.
a medicine acting on the liver.
6.
a liverwort.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English epatikLatin hēpaticus < Greek hēpatikós. See hepato-, -ic
Related forms
nonhepatic, adjective, noun
posthepatic, adjective
subhepatic, adjective
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Examples for hepatic
  • Prescription drugs that utilize hepatic pathways have been defined.
  • hepatic encephalopathy may occur suddenly in people who previously had no liver problems when damage occurs to the liver.
  • Your radiologist will use the stent to connect your portal vein to one of your hepatic veins.
  • Filaments from these branches enter the lesser omentum, and join the hepatic plexus.
British Dictionary definitions for hepatic

hepatic

/hɪˈpætɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the liver
2.
(botany) of or relating to the liverworts
3.
having the colour of liver
noun
4.
(obsolete) any of various drugs for use in treating diseases of the liver
5.
a less common name for a liverwort
Word Origin
C15: from Latin hēpaticus, from Greek hēpar liver
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Word Origin and History for hepatic
adj.

late 14c., epatike, from Old French hepatique or directly from Latin hepaticus "pertaining to the liver," from Greek hepatikos, from hepar (genitive hepatos) "liver" (see hepatitis). As a noun, "medicine for the liver," from late 15c.

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hepatic in Medicine

hepatic he·pat·ic (hĭ-pāt'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or resembling the liver.

  2. Acting on or occurring in the liver.

n.
A drug that acts on the liver.
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hepatic in Science
hepatic
  (hĭ-pāt'ĭk)   
Relating to or involving the liver.
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