fatty liver

noun

: 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

Examples of fatty liver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most people associate fatty liver disease with alcoholism. Bill Sullivan, Discover Magazine, 4 May 2024 The four stages of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Bill Sullivan, Discover Magazine, 4 May 2024 Her liver went to Peggy Miller, 70, of State College, Pennsylvania, who had nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and was put on the transplant list in January 2023. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 19 Apr. 2024 But the latest research casts doubt on that assumption, linking diet drinks to mood disorders, fatty liver development, autoimmune diseases, and cancer, to name a few. Perri Ormont Blumberg, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 Also called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, it is commonly associated with factors such as type 2 diabetes and obesity, but is not related to alcohol consumption. Victoria Forster, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The spike in hospitalization rate for alcoholic liver disease — which consists of alcoholic cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic fatty liver — is a nationwide trend. Kunle Falayi, The Arizona Republic, 25 Mar. 2024 That said, the market for MASH has shrunk substantially, now that many patients with early signs of fatty liver disease are able to stave off progression by using GLP-1 drugs for weight loss. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 15 Mar. 2024 Susana was dealing with fatty liver disease exacerbated by her other health issues. Alex Ross, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fatty liver was circa 1839

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“Fatty liver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatty%20liver. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

fatty liver

noun
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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