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  • n. The conversion into a substance resembling the liver; a state of the lungs when gorged with effused matter, so that they are no longer pervious to the air.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Impregnating with sulphureted hydrogen gas.
  • n. Conversion into a substance resembling the liver; a state of the lungs when gorged with effused matter, so that they are no longer pervious to the air.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Consolidation of substance or tissue, as of the lungs in pneumonia, resulting in a liver-like solidification.
  • n. The act of impregnating with sulphureted hydrogen gas.
  • n. Also spelled hepatisation.

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  • "In lobar pneumonia, entire lobes become consolidated and transformed into a liverlike mass—hence the word 'hepatization' to describe it. A hepatized lobe can turn various colors depending on the stage of disease; grey hepatization, for example, indicates that various kinds of white blood cells have poured into the lung to fight an infection."
    —John M. Barry, The Great Influenza (NY: Penguin Books, 2004), 244

    February 16, 2009