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he·​pat·​ic hi-ˈpa-tik How to pronounce hepatic (audio)
: of, relating to, affecting, associated with, supplying, or draining the liver
a hepatic complaint
hepatic arteries


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Examples of hepatic in a Sentence

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Young learned that her father had stage four hepatic encephalopathy (HE), a neurological disorder due to chronic, severe liver disease. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 4 Oct. 2023 Acute liver failure, also known as fulminant hepatic failure, is a rare but life-threatening condition in which the liver loses function. Sara Moniuszko, CBS News, 5 Sep. 2023 Key Takeaways One rare complication that can occur from taking hormonal birth control is the development of benign or non-cancerous growths on the liver called hepatic adenomas. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 3 Aug. 2023 Delta 8 undergoes hepatic metabolism primarily through enzymatic processes within the liver before being excreted through urine or feces. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 31 July 2023 The overall pediatric cancer rate increased .5% per year, with rates of leukemia, lymphoma hepatic tumors, bone tumors, and thyroid carcinomas rising and melanoma rates falling. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 28 July 2023 For example, Yuma Supplements offers a wide range of condition-specific formulas such as liver support supplements for dogs with hepatic issues or immune system boosters for those with weakened immunity. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2023 The common hepatic duct connects to the cystic duct to form the common bile duct, which then carries bile to the small intestine. Doru Paul, Verywell Health, 19 Mar. 2023 The heavy and prolonged use of alcohol — which can harm the liver, causing liver disease — may also give rise to a critical brain disorder called hepatic encephalopathy. Kelly Santana Banks, Discover Magazine, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History



Latin hepaticus, from Greek hēpatikos, from hēpat-, hēpar

First Known Use


1599, in the meaning defined above


1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hepatic was in 1599

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Cite this Entry

“Hepatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hepatic. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of, relating to, or resembling the liver

Medical Definition


he·​pat·​ic hi-ˈpat-ik How to pronounce hepatic (audio)
: of, relating to, affecting, or associated with the liver
hepatic injury
hepatic insufficiency

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