metallic sulfide, 1690s, from Medieval Latin, from Greek hepar "liver" (see hepatitis); so called for its color.
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Historical Examples of hepar
Pure sulphur hath no effect on Gold; but being combined with an alkali into a hepar sulphuris, it unites therewith very readily.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.
Pierre Joseph Macquer
Ulcers and swelling on joints; promotes expulsion of splinters (Hepar).
- The liver.