hepatic

[ hi-pat-ik ]
/ hɪˈpæt ɪk /

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 epatikLatin hēpaticus < Greek hēpatikós. See hepato-, -ic

Related forms

non·he·pat·ic, adjective, nounpost·he·pat·ic, adjectivesub·he·pat·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hepatic

hepatic

/ (hɪˈpætɪk) /

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
a less common name for a liverwort

Word Origin for hepatic

C15: from Latin hēpaticus, from Greek hēpar liver
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Medicine definitions for hepatic

hepatic

[ hĭ-pătĭk ]

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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Science definitions for hepatic

hepatic

[ hĭ-pătĭk ]

Relating to or involving the liver.
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