hepato-


a combining form meaning “liver,” used in the formation of compound words: hepatotoxin.

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Also especially before a vowel, hepat-.

Origin of hepato-

Combining form representing Greek hēpat-, stem of hêpar liver
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WORDS THAT USE HEPATO-

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.”

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What are some other forms that hepato- may be commonly confused with?

 

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British Dictionary definitions for hepato-

hepato-

before a vowel hepat-


combining form

denoting the liverhepatitis

Word Origin for hepato-

from Greek hēpat-, hēpar
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Medical definitions for hepato-

hepato-

pref.

Liver:hepatitis.
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