a combining form meaning “liver,” used in the formation of compound words: hepatotoxin.
Also, especially before a vowel, hepat-.

combining form representing Greek hēpat-, stem of hêpar liver

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hepato- or (before a vowel) hepat-
combining form
denoting the liver: hepatitis
[from Greek hēpat-,hēpar]
hepat- or (before a vowel) hepat-
combining form
[from Greek hēpat-,hēpar]

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hepato- or hepat-
Liver: hepatitis.

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