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 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, "Grey’s Anatomy Mid-Season Premiere Recap: Another One Bites the Dust," 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, "Auburn mourns the death of coaching icon Pat Dye," 1 June 2020 Huge weight off the hepatic artery on that last one, can’t thank you enough. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The key to surviving the holiday party season, from me, your liver," 12 Dec. 2019 The Cambridge biotech’s new drug is called givosiran and treats a condition called acute hepatic porphyria. BostonGlobe.com, "FDA approves Alnylam drug for rare genetic disorder - The Boston Globe," 21 Nov. 2019 Only half of the people in one trial for givosiran showed a complete elimination of the attacks that can be a symptom of acute hepatic porphyria. Kate Sheridan, STAT, "FDA approves Alnylam’s Givlaari, second-ever drug based on RNAi," 20 Nov. 2019 The vast majority of people with acute hepatic porphyria do not have frequent attacks; according to the National Organization for Rare Diseases, just 3-5 percent of people fall into that category. BostonGlobe.com, "FDA approves Alnylam drug for rare genetic disorder - The Boston Globe," 21 Nov. 2019 The medicine is intended to treat a rare genetic condition called acute hepatic porphyria that can cause attacks of severe abdominal pain. Kate Sheridan, STAT, "FDA approves Alnylam’s Givlaari, second-ever drug based on RNAi," 20 Nov. 2019 Dennis Lee Curry, 63, died from complications of hepatic cirrhosis — cirrhosis of the liver — on May 13. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Authorities say inmate, 51, died in July at San Diego Central Jail," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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21 Mar 2021

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“Hepatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hepatic. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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