he·​pa·​to·​cel·​lu·​lar ˌhe-pə-tō-ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce hepatocellular (audio)
: of or involving hepatocytes
hepatocellular carcinoma

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Zhenyu Zhong, $1.05 million to investigate the mechanism of inflammasome hyperactivation during hepatocellular carcinoma development. Dallas News, 16 Feb. 2023 Various lines of evidence suggest that CDK20 is overexpressed in tumors associated with hepatocellular carcinoma and in other cancers. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 28 Jan. 2022 Cancer cases and alcohol consumption were highest in central and eastern Europe and eastern Asia, where hepatitis B is a common cause of hepatocellular carcinoma, according to the American Cancer Society. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 13 July 2021 And a prior study by Kennedy found that drinking coffee reduced the risk of hepatocellular cancer, the most common form of liver cancer. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 21 June 2021 Chronic infections of these viruses are linked to 80% of cases of hepatocellular carcinoma, the type of liver cancer found in the trial participant. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, 22 Dec. 2020 From hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer, the average increase of annual deaths was 2.1 percent, but rose to 3 percent from 2008 to 2016, according to the study. Amy Lieu, Fox News, 19 July 2018 Goudge, the California patient, had been fighting a rare condition called fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma since 2001. Fox News, 10 Sep. 2018 However, a recent diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma, one of the most common forms of liver cancer, was more serious than his previous diagnoses. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, 20 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hepatocellular was in 1940

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“Hepatocellular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hepatocellular. Accessed 27 May. 2023.

Medical Definition


he·​pa·​to·​cel·​lu·​lar ˌhep-ət-ō-ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce hepatocellular (audio) hi-ˌpat-ə-ˈsel- How to pronounce hepatocellular (audio)
: of or involving hepatocytes
hepatocellular carcinomas
hepatocellular necrosis
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