metallic sulfide, 1690s, from Medieval Latin, from Greek hepar "liver" (see hepatitis); so called for its color.

Nearby words

  1. henze, hans werner,
  2. heortology,
  3. hep,
  4. hep a,
  5. hepa,
  6. heparin,
  7. heparitin sulfate,
  8. hepat-,
  9. hepatalgia,
  10. hepatatrophia

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[ hēpär′ ]

n. pl. he•pat•a (hĭ-pătə)

The liver.

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