What does liver mean?

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ˈlɪv ərliv·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. livernoun

    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. livernoun

    liver of an animal used as meat

  3. livernoun

    a person who has a special life style

    "a high liver"

  4. liveradjective

    someone who lives in a place

    "a liver in cities"

  5. liver-colored, liveradjective

    having a reddish-brown color

Webster Dictionary

  1. Livernoun

    one who, or that which, lives

  2. Livernoun

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

  3. Livernoun

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

  4. Livernoun

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

  5. Livernoun

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

  6. Etymology: [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

  1. Gabrielle Francis:

    You want to wake up and have some protein and drink tons and tons of water and maybe some herbal teas that help to protect the liver like milk thistle, dandelion tea and green tea.

  2. Kylie Ivanir:

    This may sound surprising, grass-fed beef liver is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

  3. Angela Dunn:

    People can have no symptoms for decades and then all of the sudden their liver will start failing and that’s a deadly part of the disease, so it’s important to be identified early in the disease court when people don’t have symptoms so they can get effective treatment.

  4. Oshunda Johnson:

    Her liver and kidneys were that bad. She was in really bad shape.

  5. Samantha James:

    She was lively, amazing, beautiful and popular, when she was born she had cancer, and she had a liver transported from Spain, it’s a miracle she is here and I can’t believe she would do something as stupid as that.

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