he·​pa·​to·​cyte | \ hi-ˈpa-tə-ˌsīt How to pronounce hepatocyte (audio) , ˈhe-pə-tə- \

Definition of hepatocyte

: an epithelial parenchymatous cell of the liver

Examples of hepatocyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About half of all human hepatocytes are aneuploid, indicating that the backup-copy theory can’t be the whole story. Quanta Magazine, "I Contain Multitudes," 21 Aug. 2014 More than a hundred years ago, biologists noticed that some hepatocytes (liver cells) were huge, swollen with two or more nuclei and bursting with chromosomes. Quanta Magazine, "I Contain Multitudes," 21 Aug. 2014 Scientists have also discovered that hepatocytes, the metabolically active cells that constitute 80 percent of the liver, possess traits not seen in any other normal cells of the body. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body," 12 June 2017 Adding to the liver’s repair protocol, Dr. Grompe of Oregon Health and Science University said, is the extreme plasticity of hepatocytes. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body," 12 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hepatocyte.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hepatocyte

1965, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hepatocyte

Time Traveler for hepatocyte

Time Traveler

The first known use of hepatocyte was in 1965

See more words from the same year

Statistics for hepatocyte

Cite this Entry

“Hepatocyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hepatocyte. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hepatocyte


he·​pa·​to·​cyte | \ hi-ˈpat-ə-ˌsīt How to pronounce hepatocyte (audio) , ˈhep-ət-ə- How to pronounce hepatocyte (audio) \

Medical Definition of hepatocyte

: any of the polygonal epithelial parenchymatous cells of the liver that secrete bile

called also hepatic cell, liver cell

More from Merriam-Webster on hepatocyte

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about hepatocyte

Comments on hepatocyte

What made you want to look up hepatocyte? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!