Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A medicine acting on the liver.
  • noun One of the Hepaticœ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the liver
  • adjective Resembling the liver in color or in form.
  • adjective (Bot.) Pertaining to, or resembling, the plants called Hepaticæ, or scale mosses and liverworts.
  • adjective (Anat.) any biliary duct; esp., the duct, or one of the ducts, which carries the bile from the liver to the cystic and common bile ducts. See Illust., under Digestive.
  • adjective (Old Chem.) sulphureted hydrogen gas.
  • adjective See under Cinnabar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English epatik, from Old French hepatique, from Latin hēpaticus, from Greek hēpatikos, from hēpar, hēpat-, liver; see yĕ̄kwr̥ in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin hepaticus, from Ancient Greek ἡπατικός (hēpatikos, "of the liver"), from ἧπαρ (hēpar, "liver").

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  • Medically known as hepatic lipidosis, she narrates, foie gras is a disease marketed as a delicacy.

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  • Workers force-feed the ducks so they develop a disease called hepatic lipidosis, Noyes states before cutting to an avian veterinarian, Laurie Siperstein-Cook, who says, A friend of mine refers to pt as hepatic lipidosis on toast.

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  • Medically known as hepatic lipidosis, she narrates, foie gras is a disease marketed as a delicacy.

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  • "'...makes me fear that this is not an ordinary congestion of the hepatic ducts but some disease acquired in New South Wales.'"

    --O'Brian, The Truelove, 27

    March 10, 2008