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From Old French hepatique, from Late Latin hepaticus, from Ancient Greek ἡπατικός (hēpatikós, of the liver), from ἧπαρ (hêpar, liver).


  • IPA(key): /hɛˈpætɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ætɪk
  • Hyphenation: he‧pat‧ic


hepatic (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to the liver.
  2. Acting on or occurring in the liver.
  3. Of a deep brownish-red color like that of liver.
    hepatic colour:  
    • 1842, Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger, “Mineralogical Notices”, in The American journal of science and arts‎, page 386:
      Polyhydrite, a silicate of oxide of iron from Breitenbrun, Saxony, is of a hepatic color, vitreous lustre and opaque
    • 1872, “Remarks on Longevity”, in The Medical and surgical reporter, page 104:
      In fact bis weakness was for alcoholic stimulants. Hence his liver was carefully examined. It was not of the usual hepatic color ; in this case it presented a deep purple-black
    • 1893, The Wilder quarter-century book: a collection of original papers, page 438:
      Among the most striking ot the internal modifications is the gradual change of the liver from the characteristic hepatic color to a bright green.

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hepatic (plural hepatics)

  1. Any compound that acts on the liver.
  2. A liverwort (kind of plant)
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page viii
      There is now such an immense "microliterature" on hepatics that, beyond a certain point I have given up trying to integrate (and evaluate) every minor paper published—especially narrowly floristic papers.

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