a combining form meaning “liver,” used in the formation of compound words: hepatotoxin.
Also especially before a vowel, hepat-.

Origin of hepato-

combining form representing Greek hēpat-, stem of hêpar liver
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British Dictionary definitions for 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-



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