from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling the liver.
  • adj. Acting on or occurring in the liver.
  • n. A drug that acts on the liver.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any compound that acts on the liver.
  • n. A liverwort (kind of plant)
  • adj. Of or relating to the liver.
  • adj. Acting on or occurring in the liver.
  • adj. Of a deep brownish-red color like that of liver.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the liver
  • adj. Resembling the liver in color or in form.
  • adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, the plants called Hepaticæ, or scale mosses and liverworts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In anatomy and physiology, of or pertaining in any way to the liver.
  • In zoology, liver-colored; dark brownish-red; hepaticous: as, the hepatic tanager, Pyranga hepatica.
  • n. A medicine acting on the liver.
  • n. One of the Hepaticœ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. pertaining to or affecting the liver
  • n. any of numerous small green nonvascular plants of the class Hepaticopsida growing in wet places and resembling green seaweeds or leafy mosses


Middle English epatic, from Old French hepatique, from Latin hēpaticus, from Greek hēpatikos, from hēpar, hēpat-, liver; see yē̆kw in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin hepaticus, from Ancient Greek ἡπατικός (hēpatikos, "of the liver"), from ἧπαρ (hēpar, "liver"). (Wiktionary)



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