Definition of Liver

1. Adjective. Having a reddish-brown color.

Exact synonyms: Liver-colored
Similar to: Colored, Colorful, Coloured

2. Noun. Large and complicated reddish-brown glandular organ located in the upper right portion of the abdominal cavity; secretes bile and functions in metabolism of protein and carbohydrate and fat; synthesizes substances involved in the clotting of the blood; synthesizes vitamin A; detoxifies poisonous substances and breaks down worn-out erythrocytes.

3. Noun. Liver of an animal used as meat.
Generic synonyms: Organs, Variety Meat
Specialized synonyms: Calf's Liver, Calves' Liver, Chicken Liver, Goose Liver, Tomalley

4. Noun. A person who has a special life style. "A high liver"
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Derivative terms: Live

5. Noun. Someone who lives in a place. "A liver in cities"
Generic synonyms: Denizen, Dweller, Habitant, Indweller, Inhabitant
Derivative terms: Live

Definition of Liver

1. n. One who, or that which, lives.

2. n. A very large glandular and vascular organ in the visceral cavity of all vertebrates.

3. n. The glossy ibis (Ibis falcinellus); - - said to have given its name to the city of Liverpool.

Definition of Liver

1. Noun. (anatomy) A large organ in the body that stores and metabolizes nutrients, destroys toxins and produces bile. It is responsible for thousands of biochemical reactions. ¹

2. Noun. (countable uncountable) This organ, as taken from animals used as food. ¹

3. Noun. A dark brown colour, tinted with red and gray, like the colour of liver. ¹

4. Adjective. Of the colour of liver (dark brown, tinted with red and gray). ¹

5. Noun. Someone who lives (usually in some a specified way). ¹

6. Adjective. (comparative of live) ¹

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Definition of Liver

1. to thicken or gel [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Liver

1. A solid organ located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. The liver plays a major role in metabolism, digestion, detoxification and elimination of substances from the body. (27 Sep 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Liver

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liver calcifications
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Literary usage of Liver

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"When the congestion of the liver is pronounced, more or less jaundice occurs. ... In the last stages of congestion of the liver when the organ has undergone ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"THE liver. Several views have prevailed as to the mode of origin of the hepatic ducts ; it seems, however, to be clear that they commence by little passages ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"In this series of cases the bacilli evidently reached the liver through the ... At this stage of the process marked proliferation of the liver bile ducts ..."

4. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1916)
"Fatty liver occurs under the following conditions: (a) In association with general obesity, in which case the liver appears to be one of the storehouses of ..."

5. Anomalies and curiosities of medicine by George Milbry Gould, Walter Lytle Pyle (1901)
"Resection of the liver.—It is remarkable t<> what extent ... A piece of liver weighing grams was removed, and with it the gall-bladder, and the patient made ..."

6. The Journal of Physiology by Physiological Society (Great Britain). (1889)
"THIS paper is put forward as a contribution to the knowledge of the structure of the mammalian liver, the subject being approached from the side of ..."

7. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"Our results establish that the liver takes up K when adrenergic /3-receptors are stimulated, and that the liver need not lose K for the uptake to occur. ..."

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