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

  • noun Inflammation of the liver, caused by infectious or toxic agents and characterized by jaundice, fever, liver enlargement, and abdominal pain.
  • noun Any of various types of such inflammation, especially viral hepatitis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, inflammation of the liver.

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

  • noun (Med.) Inflammation of the liver.

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

  • noun inflammation of the liver, sometimes caused by a viral infection

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

  • noun inflammation of the liver caused by a virus or a toxin

Etymologies

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From Latin hēpatītis, from hēpar ("liver"), from Ancient Greek ἧπαρ (hēpar, "liver").

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