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Introduction: Liver

The liver is a large internal organ that helps with digestion and various metabolic processes. It secretes bile that is used in the duodenum and small intestine for digestion of nutrients. The liver also metabolizes various substances to neutralize them and avoid harmful build-up of certain waste products. Glucose is also stored and released by the liver, depending on a complex interaction between blood sugar levels and the pancreas (involving insulin and glucagon levels).

Descriptions of Liver

Liver: A large organ located in the upper abdomen. The liver cleanses the blood and aids in digestion by secreting bile.
Source: National Institute of Health

Liver: 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
Source: WordNet 2.1

Liver : large gland of a dark-red color situated in the upper part of the abdomen on the right side; comprised of thousands of minute lobules, the functional units of the liver; functions include the storage and filtration of blood, secretion of bile, excretion of bilirubin and other substances formed elsewhere, and numerous metabolic functions, including the conversion of sugars into glycogen, which it stores.
Source: CRISP

Article Excerpts about Liver

The liver, the largest organ in the body, is essential in keeping the body functioning properly. It removes or neutralizes poisons from the blood, produces immune agents to control infection, and removes germs and bacteria from the blood. It makes proteins that regulate blood clotting and produces bile to help absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins. You cannot live without a functioning liver. (Source: excerpt from Cirrhosis of the Liver: NIDDK)

The liver is the largest organ in the body. It is found behind the ribs on the right side of the abdomen . The liver has two parts, a right lobe and a smaller left lobe.

The liver has many important functions that keep a person healthy. It removes harmful material from the blood. It makes enzymes and bile that help digest food. It also converts food into substances needed for life and growth.

The liver gets its supply of blood from two vessels. Most of its blood comes from the hepatic portal vein . The rest comes from the hepatic artery . (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Liver Cancer: NCI)

Summary Information: Liver

Liver: Large internal organ with various functions.

Condition count: 34 ; see list below.

Organ types: Organs (325)

Produces: bile

Number: 1 liver

Related organs: bile duct (9), gall bladder (8), small intestine (7), hepatic artery, portal vein (1)

Main condition: Liver conditions

Organs: list of all organs

Liver: Related Topics

Diseases List for Liver:

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