What is liver?

  • (noun): Someone who lives in a place.
    Example: "A liver in cities"
    See also — Additional definitions below


The liver, hepar, is a vital organ present in vertebrates and some other animals. It has a wide range of functions, including detoxification, protein synthesis, and production of biochemicals necessary for digestion. The liver is necessary for survival; there is currently no way to compensate for the absence of liver function in the long term, although new liver dialysis techniques can be used in the short term.

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Bare Area Of The Liver
... The coronary ligaments represent reflections of the visceral peritoneum covering the liver onto the diaphragm ... the two layers of the coronary ligament there is a large triangular surface of the liver devoid of peritoneal covering this is named the bare area of the liver, and is attached to the diaphragm ... The bare area of the liver is still covered by Glisson's capsule, the fibrous capsule that sheathes the entire liver ...
Hemosiderosis - Diagnosis
... and monitoring hemosiderosis including Serum ferritin Liver biopsy MRI Serum ferritin is a low cost, readily available, and minimally invasive method for assessing body iron stores ... including infection, inflammation, fever, liver disease, renal disease and cancer ... While liver biopsies provide a direct measure of liver iron concentration, the small sample size relative to the size of the liver can lead to sampling errors given the heterogeneity of iron concentration ...
Liver - Cultural Allusions
... by being chained to a rock where a vulture (or an eagle) would peck out his liver, which would regenerate overnight ... The liver is the only human internal organ that actually can regenerate itself to a significant extent.) Many ancient peoples of the Near East and Mediterranean areas practiced a type of ... In Plato, and in later physiology, the liver was thought to be the seat of the darkest emotions (specifically wrath, jealousy and greed) which drive men to action ...
Scipionyx - Description - Soft Tissues - Liver, Heart, Spleen and Thymus
... In 1998 it was suggested this might represent the remains of the decayed liver, a blood-rich organ ... a bile component expected in the liver ... two similarly blood-rich organs, with reptiles positioned between the two lobes of the liver ...
Percutaneous Hepatic Perfusion - Procedure
... of catheters and filters, PHP isolates the liver from the circulatory system and infuses a chemotherapeutic agent directly to the liver via the hepatic artery ... The venous effluent from the liver is then filtered outside of the body and the filtered blood is returned into the jugular vein ...

More definitions of "liver":

  • (noun): Liver of an animal used as meat.
  • (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.
  • (noun): A person who has a special life style.
    Example: "A high liver"

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