he·​pat·​ic | \ hi-ˈpa-tik How to pronounce hepatic (audio) \

Definition of hepatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, affecting, associated with, supplying, or draining the liver a hepatic complaint hepatic arteries



Definition of hepatic (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of hepatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The hot water hose is the hepatic artery that supplies blood to the liver and pancreas. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 13 May 2022 The biotech has focused on treating rare genetic conditions such as acute hepatic porphyria, which can cause attacks of severe abdominal pain. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 Thirteen out of the 14 people were hospitalized with acute renal and hepatic failure and two of the patients reportedly also had severe pulmonary involvement. Julia Musto, Fox News, 20 Oct. 2021 Obese cats are more likely to suffer a liver disease called hepatic lipidosis; feline urinary tract disease; diabetes; lameness from arthritis; complications from anesthesia; and nonallergenic skin conditions. Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Apparently the powers that be didn’t think this episode was sad enough, so there’s also Jo’s story line in which her hepatic pregnancy patient Val, who has still not seen her daughter Luna, dies. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 12 Mar. 2021 The former coach and athletics director who spent a dozen years on the Plains, won four SEC titles and was instrumental in bringing the Iron Bowl to Auburn, passed away Monday morning due to renal and hepatic failure. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 1 June 2020 Huge weight off the hepatic artery on that last one, can’t thank you enough. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, 12 Dec. 2019 The Cambridge biotech’s new drug is called givosiran and treats a condition called acute hepatic porphyria. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of hepatic


1599, in the meaning defined above


1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hepatic


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

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“Hepatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hepatic. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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he·​pat·​ic | \ hi-ˈpat-ik How to pronounce hepatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of hepatic

: of, relating to, affecting, or associated with the liver hepatic injury hepatic insufficiency

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