of or pertaining to the liver.
acting on the liver, as a medicine.
liver-colored; dark reddish-brown.
Botany. belonging or pertaining to the liverworts.
a medicine acting on the liver.
a liverwort.

1350–1400; Middle English epatikLatin hēpaticus < Greek hēpatikós. See hepato-, -ic

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

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hepatic he·pat·ic (hĭ-pāt'ĭk)

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

  2. Acting on or occurring in the liver.

A drug that acts on the liver.
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hepatic   (hĭ-pāt'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to or involving the liver.
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Example sentences
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.
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