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[hep-uh-toh-pan-kree-uh s, -pang-, hi-pat-uh-]
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noun Anatomy.
  1. a large gland of shrimps, lobsters, and crabs that combines the functions of a liver and pancreas.
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Origin of hepatopancreas

First recorded in 1880–85; hepato- + pancreas
Related formshep·a·to·pan·cre·at·ic [hep-uh-toh-pan-kree-at-ik, -pang-, hi-pat-uh-] /ˌhɛp ə toʊˌpæn kriˈæt ɪk, -ˌpæŋ-, hɪˌpæt ə-/, adjective
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