hep·​a·​to·​tox·​ic ˌhe-pə-tō-ˈtäk-sik How to pronounce hepatotoxic (audio)
: relating to or causing injury to the liver
hepatotoxic drugs

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One of the largest organ-chip studies to date found that each of the 22 hepatotoxic drugs used in the study had previously been found to be safe in animal studies, only to be reclassified as toxic once given to patients. Jim Corbett, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hepatotoxic was in 1926

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“Hepatotoxic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hepatotoxic. Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


he·​pa·​to·​tox·​ic ˌhep-ət-ō-ˈtäk-sik How to pronounce hepatotoxic (audio) hi-ˌpat-ə-ˈtäk- How to pronounce hepatotoxic (audio)
: relating to or causing injury to the liver
hepatotoxic drugs
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