fatty liver


Definition of fatty liver

: an abnormal condition of the liver that is marked by excess lipid accumulation in the hepatocytes and is typically associated with obesity, malnutrition, rapid weight loss, excessive alcohol consumption, hyperlipidemia, toxins, or diabetes also : a liver affected with fatty liver

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About 8 percent of patients who see their fatty liver disease progress die after seven years, according to Angers University Hospital in Angers, France. Riley Griffin, Bloomberg.com, "Intercept Tries to Outrun Pharma in Race for the Next Blockbuster," 10 Apr. 2019 According to the American Liver Foundation, about 100 million Americans are estimated to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Ronald Concha-parra, Philly.com, "Q&A: Am I at risk for fatty liver disease?," 23 June 2018 At least six more biotechs are on deck to go public before the year is out, including NGM Biopharmaceuticals Inc., whose lead drug, to treat a type of fatty liver disease, is in midstage studies. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Biotechs With No Drugs in Trial Are Raising Millions in IPOs," 31 Oct. 2018 Cirrhosis is a late-stage scarring of the liver caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions, like hepatitis, fatty liver disease, and chronic alcoholism, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Are More Millennials Dying of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease?," 27 July 2018 Eggs are also a very good source of choline, an essential nutrient that protects against cognitive impairment and fatty liver. WSJ, "Are Eggs Bad for You? Two Scientists Square Off," 13 Sep. 2018 There’s a simple way to double or even triple your company’s stock price overnight: announce positive results from a clinical trial involving a drug to treat the fatty liver disease known as NASH. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Questionable data aside, Galmed Pharma soars in a fatty liver stock bubble," 12 June 2018 This can result in myriad symptoms such as anemia, bloating, diarrhea, depression and fatty liver. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "A guide to gluten-free-friendly dining in Central Florida," 10 May 2018 The Ionis drug treats a form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that can progress to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and ultimately liver failure. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ionis earns $30 million upfront in third deal with AstraZeneca," 9 Apr. 2018

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circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of fatty liver

1 : an abnormal condition of the liver that is marked by excess accumulation of lipids (such as triglycerides) in the hepatocytes and is typically associated with obesity, malnutrition, rapid weight loss, excessive alcohol consumption, high levels of fat in the blood, diabetes, or toxins

Note: Fatty liver is often asymptomatic and benign but may progress to fibrosis and liver failure.

2 : a liver affected with fatty liver

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