- The definition of liver is made with this organ or of the same color as this organ.
An example of liver used as an adjective is "liver pate," which means a food spread made with the liver of an animal.
- The liver is defined as an organ in the body that secretes bile to help digest carbos, fats and proteins.
An example of liver is a part of the body that can be damaged from drinking too much alcohol.
- the largest glandular organ in vertebrate animals, located in the upper or anterior part of the abdomen: it secretes bile, has an important function in the storage and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and helps detoxify many poisonous substances that may be ingested
- loosely a similar organ or tissue in invertebrate animals
- the liver of cattle, fowl, etc., used as food
- the reddish-brown color of liver
- Archaic the liver thought of as the seat of emotion or desire
Origin: Middle English livere from Old English lifer, akin to German leber from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form leip-, to smear with fat from source Glassical Greek liparos, fat
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- Anatomy A large, reddish-brown, glandular vertebrate organ located in the upper right portion of the abdominal cavity that secretes bile and is active in the formation of certain blood proteins and in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
- An organ in invertebrates that is similar to the vertebrate liver.
- The bile-secreting organ of an animal, used as food.
- A dark reddish brown.
- Made of or flavored with liver: liver pâté; liver sandwiches.
- Of a dark reddish brown.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English lifer; see leip- in Indo-European roots.
liver1A. liver B. hepatic vein C. hepatic artery D. portal vein E. common bile duct F. stomach G. cystic duct H. gallbladder
liver - Cultural Definition
A large organ, located on the right side of the abdomen and protected by the lower rib cage, that produces bile and blood proteins, stores vitamins for later release into the bloodstream, removes toxins (including alcohol) from the blood, breaks down old red blood cells, and helps maintain levels of blood sugar in the body.
liver - Medical Definition
liver - Science Definition
- A large glandular organ in the abdomen of vertebrate animals that is essential to many metabolic processes. The liver secretes bile, stores fat and sugar as reserve energy sources, converts harmful substances to less toxic forms, and regulates the amount of blood in the body.
- A similar organ of invertebrate animals.
A. inferior vena cava, B. right lobe, C. gallbladder, D. bile duct, E. duodenum, F. abdominal aorta, G. left lobe, H. pancreas
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