1. of or relating to the liver.
  2. acting on the liver, as a medicine.
  3. liver-colored; dark reddish-brown.
  4. Botany. belonging or pertaining to the liverworts.
  1. a medicine acting on the liver.
  2. a liverwort.

Origin of hepatic

1350–1400; Middle English epatikLatin hēpaticus < Greek hēpatikós. See hepato-, -ic
Related formsnon·he·pat·ic, adjective, nounpost·he·pat·ic, adjectivesub·he·pat·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subhepatic


  1. of or relating to the liver
  2. botany of or relating to the liverworts
  3. having the colour of liver
  1. obsolete any of various drugs for use in treating diseases of the liver
  2. a less common name for a liverwort

Word Origin for hepatic

C15: from Latin hēpaticus, from Greek hēpar liver
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Word Origin and History for subhepatic



late 14c., epatike, from Old French hepatique or directly from Latin hepaticus "pertaining to the liver," from Greek hepatikos, from hepar (genitive hepatos) "liver" (see hepatitis). As a noun, "medicine for the liver," from late 15c.

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subhepatic in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or resembling the liver.
  2. Acting on or occurring in the liver.
  1. A drug that acts on the liver.
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subhepatic in Science


  1. Relating to or involving the liver.
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