a combining form meaning “liver,” used in the formation of compound words: hepatotoxin.
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Origin of hepato-
Combining form representing Greek hēpat-, stem of hêpar liver
Words nearby hepato-
hepatitis delta virus
, hepatitis E
, hepatitis G
, hepatitis non-A, non-B
, hepatocellular carcinoma
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What does hepato- mean?
Hepato- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “liver.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in anatomy.
Hepato- comes from the Greek hêpar, meaning “liver.”
What are variants of hepato-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, hepato- becomes hepat–, as in hepatitis.
Examples of hepato-
An example of a word you may have heard before that includes hepato- is hepatotoxic, “destructive to liver cells.”
As we’ve seen, the prefix hepato- means “liver.” Something toxic is poisonous to an organism. Hepatotoxic, then, literally translates to “toxic to the liver.”
What are some words that use the combining form hepato-?
What are some other forms that hepato- may be commonly confused with?
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How to use hepato- in a sentence
British Dictionary definitions for hepato-
denoting the liverhepatitis
Word Origin for hepato-
from Greek hēpat-, hēpar
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Medical definitions for hepato-
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