[liv-er] /ˈlɪv ər/

Anatomy. a large, reddish-brown, glandular organ located in the upper right side of the abdominal cavity, divided by fissures into five lobes and functioning in the secretion of bile and various metabolic processes.
an organ in other animals similar to the human liver, often used as food.
a diseased condition of the liver; biliousness:
a touch of liver.
a reddish-brown color.
a rubberlike, irreversible thickening suspension occurring in paint, ink, etc., due to a chemical reaction between a colloidal pigment and a vehicle or as a result of polymerization of the vehicle.
of the color of liver.
verb (used without object)
(of paint, ink, etc.) to undergo irreversible thickening.
a multilobed highly vascular reddish-brown glandular organ occupying most of the upper right part of the human abdominal cavity immediately below the diaphragm. It secretes bile, stores glycogen, detoxifies certain poisons, and plays an important part in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat, helping to maintain a correct balance of nutrients related adjective hepatic
the corresponding organ in animals
the liver of certain animals used as food
a reddish-brown colour, sometimes with a greyish tinge
a person who lives in a specified way: a fast liver

secreting organ of the body, Old English lifer, from Proto-Germanic *librn (cf. Old Norse lifr, Old Frisian livere, Middle Dutch levere, Dutch lever, Old High German lebara, German Leber “liver”), perhaps from PIE *leip- “to stick adhere; fat.” Formerly believed to be the body’s blood-producing organ; in medieval times it rivaled the heart as the supposed seat of love and passion, hence lily-livered. Liver-spots, once thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the organ, is attested from 1730.

late 14c., agent noun from live (v.).

liver liv·er (lĭv’ər)
The largest gland of the body, lying beneath the diaphragm in the upper right portion of the abdominal cavity, which secretes bile and is active in the formation of certain blood proteins and in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

A large organ, located on the right side of the abdomen and protected by the lower rib cage, that produces bile and blood proteins, stores vitamins for later release into the bloodstream, removes toxins (including alcohol) from the blood, breaks down old red blood cells, and helps maintain levels of blood sugar in the body.

Related Terms

chopped liver, that ain’t hay

(Heb. kabhed, “heavy;” hence the liver, as being the heaviest of the viscera, Ex. 29:13, 22; Lev. 3:4, 1, 10, 15) was burnt upon the altar, and not used as sacrificial food. In Ezek. 21:21 there is allusion, in the statement that the king of Babylon “looked upon the liver,” to one of the most ancient of all modes of divination. The first recorded instance of divination (q.v.) is that of the teraphim of Laban. By the teraphim the LXX. and Josephus understood “the liver of goats.” By the “caul above the liver,” in Lev. 4:9; 7:4, etc., some understand the great lobe of the liver itself.


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