[hep-uh-toh-meg-uh-lee, hi-pat-uh-]

noun Pathology.

an abnormal enlargement of the liver, usually associated with liver disease or heart failure.

Origin of hepatomegaly

First recorded in 1890–95; hepato- + -megaly
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British Dictionary definitions for hepatomegaly



an abnormal enlargement of the liver, caused by congestion, inflammation, or a tumour

Word Origin for hepatomegaly

C20: from hepato- + New Latin megalia, from Greek megas great
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hepatomegaly in Medicine


[hĕp′ə-tō-mĕgə-lē, hĭ-păt′ə-]


The abnormal enlargement of the liver.megalohepatia
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