he·​pat·​i·​ca | \ hi-ˈpa-ti-kə How to pronounce hepatica (audio) \

Definition of hepatica

: any of a genus (Hepatica) of herbs of the buttercup family with lobed leaves and delicate flowers

Examples of hepatica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The doctors extracted some of the worms and identified them as the common liver fluke Fasciola hepatica. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Watch this beautifully disgusting liver fluke parasite explore man’s innards," 8 Nov. 2019 The slope is retained by logs; rocks; steps; and plantings of ornamental grasses and ground covers like ferns, cyclamen, hepaticas and native trillium. Valerie Easton, The Seattle Times, "A Maury Island hillside garden was a lot of work to create, and it’s a lot of work to tour," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of hepatica

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hepatica

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, liverwort, from Latin, feminine of hepaticus

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“Hepatica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hepatica. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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