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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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Livernoun

    Etymology: from live.

    Be thy affections undisturb’d and clear,
    Guided to what may great or good appear,
    And try if life be worth the liver’s care. Matthew Prior.

    The end of his descent was to gather a church of holy christian livers over the whole world. Henry Hammond, Fund.

    If any loose liver have any goods of his own, the sheriff is to seize thereupon. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Here are the wants of children, of distracted persons, of sturdy wandering beggars and loose disorderly livers, at one view represented. Francis Atterbury.

    With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come:
    And let my liver rather heat with wine,
    Than my heart cool with mortifying groans. William Shakespeare.

    Reason and respect
    Make livers pale, and lustihood dejected. William Shakespeare.


  1. Liver

    The liver is a major organ only found in vertebrates which performs many essential biological functions such as detoxification of the organism, and the synthesis of proteins and biochemicals necessary for digestion and growth. In humans, it is located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, below the diaphragm. Its other roles in metabolism include the regulation of glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, and the production of hormones.The liver is an accessory digestive organ that produces bile, an alkaline fluid containing cholesterol and bile acids, which helps the breakdown of fat. The gallbladder, a small pouch that sits just under the liver, stores bile produced by the liver which is later moved to the small intestine to complete digestion. The liver's highly specialized tissue, consisting mostly of hepatocytes, regulates 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. Estimates regarding the organ's total number of functions vary, but is generally cited as being around 500.It is not known how to compensate for the absence of liver function in the long term, although liver dialysis techniques can be used in the short term. Artificial livers have not been developed to promote long-term replacement in the absence of the liver. As of 2018, liver transplantation is the only option for complete liver failure.

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

Anagrams for liver »

  1. livre

  2. levir

  3. rivel

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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. Simon Taylor-Robinson:

    There are consequences to obesity and this includes cirrhosis, liver cancer and heart disease, those people who become diabetic during pregnancy have strong risks of developing these complications later in life if attention is n’t given to weight, diet and exercise.

  2. Michael Roizen:

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

  3. Ginger Hultin:

    Drinking alcohol can impair the liver's ability to release the right amount of glycogen, or stored glucose, into the blood to keep blood glucose levels stable.

  4. Toula Oberlies:

    We sang at an airport checkpoint for a TSA agent, we've gone to Indiana University Hospital and wore surgical masks to sing for a person who had received a liver transplant. The superintendent of the Indiana School for the Blind hired us to sing on the intercom for the teachers and staff. We do video singing Valentines that have gone to the military deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  5. Bryony Frost:

    Then I had a fall last summer and sustained a lacerated pancreas and liver, an aneurism, a cracked sternum and I fractured T8 and T7 (bones) in my back.

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