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

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Examples from the Web for hepar

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).

hepar in Medicine


n. pl. he•pat•a (hĭ-pătə)
  1. The liver.
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