noun, plural hep·a·tos·co·pies.
  1. medical examination of the liver.
  2. examination of the livers of sacrificed animals as a technique of divination.

Origin of hepatoscopy

First recorded in 1720–30; hepato- + -scopy
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  1. Examination of the liver.
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