Definitions for: Liver


[n] 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
[n] liver of an animal used as meat
[n] someone who lives in a place; "a liver in cities"
[n] a person who has a special life style; "a high liver"



Webster (1913) Definition: Liv"er, n.
1. One who, or that which, lives.

And try if life be worth the liver's care. --Prior.

2. A resident; a dweller; as, a liver in Brooklyn.

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

Fast liver, one who lives in an extravagant and dissipated
way.

Free liver, Good liver, one given to the pleasures of the
table.

Loose liver, a person who lives a somewhat dissolute life.


Liv"er, n. [AS. lifer; akin to D. liver, G. leber, OHG.
lebara, Icel. lifr, Sw. lefver, and perh. to Gr. ? fat, E.
live, v.] (Anat.)
A very large glandular and vascular organ in the visceral
cavity of all vertebrates.

Note: Most of the venous blood from the alimentary canal
passes through it on its way back to the heart; and it
secretes the bile, produces glycogen, and in other ways
changes the blood which passes through it. In man it is
situated immediately beneath the diaphragm and mainly
on the right side. See Bile, Digestive, and
Glycogen. The liver of invertebrate animals is
usually made up of c[ae]cal tubes, and differs
materially, in form and function, from that of
vertebrates.

Floating liver. See Wandering liver, under Wandering.


Liver of antimony, Liver of sulphur. (Old Chem.) See
Hepar.

Liver brown, Liver color, the color of liver, a dark,
reddish brown.

Liver shark (Zo["o]l.), a very large shark ({Cetorhinus
maximus}), inhabiting the northern coasts both of Europe
and North America. It sometimes becomes forty feet in
length, being one of the largest sharks known; but it has
small simple teeth, and is not dangerous. It is captured
for the sake of its liver, which often yields several
barrels of oil. It has gill rakers, resembling whalebone,
by means of which it separates small animals from the sea
water. Called also basking shark, bone shark,
hoemother, homer, and sailfish


Liv"er, n. (Zo["o]l.)
The glossy ibis (Ibis falcinellus); -- said to have given
its name to the city of Liverpool.

See Also: arteria hepatica, bile duct, biliary ductule, calf's liver, calves' liver, cardiovascular system, chicken liver, circulatory system, common bile duct, denizen, digestive system, dweller, gastrointestinal system, goose liver, hepatic artery, hepatic duct, hepatic lobe, hepatic vein, human, individual, inhabitant, internal organ, Kupffer's cell, mortal, organs, person, somebody, someone, soul, systema alimentarium, systema digestorium, tomalley, variety meat, vena hepatica, venae interlobulares hepatis, viscus

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