hepat-


variant of hepato- before a vowel: hepatoma.

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WORDS THAT USE HEPAT-

What does hepat- mean?

Hepat- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “liver.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in anatomy.

Hepat- comes from the Greek hêpar, meaning “liver.”

Hepat- is a variant of hepato-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use hepato- article.

Examples of hepat-

An example of a word you likely have heard before that features hepat- is hepatitis, meaning “inflammation of the liver,” and is caused by a virus or toxin.

As we’ve seen, the prefix hepat- means “liver.” The suffix -itis is used to indicate inflammation. Hepatitis, then, literally translates to “inflammation of the liver.”

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Medical definitions for hepat-

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Variant ofhepato-
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