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Ancient Greek to be like the liver, to be liver-coloured: compare English hepatite, and (for sense 2) French hépatiser.



hepatize (third-person singular simple present hepatizes, present participle hepatizing, simple past and past participle hepatized)

  1. (transitive) To impregnate with sulphureted hydrogen gas (formerly called hepatic gas).
    • 1806, Sir John Barrow, Travels into The Interior of Southern Africa
      On the right [] were two wells of hepatized water.
  2. (transitive) To gorge with effused matter, as the lungs.
  3. (transitive) To convert into a substance resembling liver.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for hepatize in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)