EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective of or relating to the liver. acting on the liver, as a medicine. liver-colored; dark reddish-brown. . Botany belonging or pertaining to the liverworts. noun a medicine acting on the liver. a liverwort. Origin of hepatic 1350–1400; Middle English epatik
-ic Related forms non·he·pat·ic, adjective, noun post·he·pat·ic, adjective sub·he·pat·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hepatic Historical Examples of hepatic British Dictionary definitions for hepatic adjective of or relating to the liver botany of or relating to the liverworts having the colour of liver noun obsolete any of various drugs for use in treating diseases of the liver Word Origin for hepatic
C15: from Latin
hēpaticus, from Greek hēpar liver
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Word Origin and History for hepatic adj.
epatike, from Old French hepatique or directly from Latin hepaticus "pertaining to the liver," from Greek hepatikos, from hepar (genitive hepatos) "liver" (see hepatitis). As a noun, "medicine for the liver," from late 15c.
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adj. Of, relating to, or resembling the liver. Acting on or occurring in the liver. n. A drug that acts on the liver.
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Relating to or involving the liver.
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