Medical Dictionary: Hepatic


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Hepatic: Medical word prefix meaning related to the liver
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Hepatic (organ): Another name for Liver.
Hepatic (organ): Large internal organ with various functions
Hepatic (organ): The liver is a large internal organ that helps with digestion and various metabolic processes. It secretes bile that is used in the duodenum and small intestine for digestion of nutrients. The liver also metabolizes various substances to neutralize them and avoid harmful build-up of certain waste products. Glucose is also stored and released by the liver, depending on a complex interaction between blood sugar levels and the pancreas (involving insulin and glucagon levels).
Hepatic (organ): The liver, the largest organ in the body, is essential in keeping the body functioning properly. It removes or neutralizes poisons from the blood, produces immune agents to control infection, and removes germs and bacteria from the blood. It makes proteins that regulate blood clotting and produces bile to help absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins. You cannot live without a functioning liver. 1

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1. excerpt from Cirrhosis of the Liver: NIDDK

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