What does liver mean?

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ˈlɪv ərliv·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. liver(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

  2. liver(noun)

    liver of an animal used as meat

  3. liver(noun)

    a person who has a special life style

    "a high liver"

  4. liver(adj)

    someone who lives in a place

    "a liver in cities"

  5. liver-colored, liver(adj)

    having a reddish-brown color

Webster Dictionary

  1. Liver(noun)

    one who, or that which, lives

  2. Liver(noun)

    a resident; a dweller; as, a liver in Brooklyn

  3. Liver(noun)

    one whose course of life has some marked characteristic (expressed by an adjective); as, a free liver

  4. Liver(noun)

    a very large glandular and vascular organ in the visceral cavity of all vertebrates

  5. Liver(noun)

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

  6. Origin: [AS. lifer; akin to D. liver, G. leber, OHG. lebara, Icel. lifr, Sw. lefver, and perh. to Gr. fat, E. live, v.]


  1. Liver

    The liver 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. This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of lipids. The liver's highly specialized tissues regulate a wide variety of high-volume biochemical reactions, including the synthesis and breakdown of small and complex molecules, many of which are necessary for normal vital functions. Terminology related to the liver often starts in hepar- or hepat- from the Greek word for liver, hēpar.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Liver

    liv′ėr, n. the largest gland in the body, which secretes the bile.—adjs. Liv′er-col′our, of the colour of the liver: dark-red; Liv′ered, in compounds, as white-livered, lily-livered=cowardly.—n. Liver-fluke, a trematoid worm (Distoma hepatica).—adj. Liv′er-grown, having a swelled liver.—n. Liverwort, any plant of the cryptogamic family Hepaticæ, allied to mosses.—adj. Liv′ery, resembling the liver. [A.S. lifer; Ger. leber, Ice. lifr.]

Editors Contribution

  1. liver

    A type of organ.

    The liver is important in filtering within the body.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'liver' in Nouns Frequency: #2062

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of liver in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of liver in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of liver in a Sentence

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    I have a liver disease.

  2. Deborah Nucatola:

    I'd say a lot of people want liver.

  3. Erika Zaks:

    Liver failure is the worst thing ever.

  4. Beau Cassidy:

    David Cassidy: The Last Session, i have a liver disease.

  5. Michael Roizen:

    More than two drinks at a time starts to knock off liver cells.

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