He*pat"ic (?), a. [L. hepaticus, Gr. , fr. the liver; akin to L. jecur, Skr. yakt: cf. F. h'epatique.]


Of or pertaining to the liver; as, hepatic artery; hepatic diseases.


Resembling the liver in color or in form; as, hepatic cinnabar.

3. Bot.

Pertaining to, or resembling, the plants called Hepaticae, or scale mosses and liverworts.

Hepatic duct Anat., any biliary duct; esp., the duct, or one of the ducts, which carries the bile from the liver to the cystic and common bile ducts. See Illust., under Digestive. -- Hepatic gas Old Chem., sulphureted hydrogen gas. -- Hepatic mercurial ore, ∨ Hepatic cinnabar. See under Cinnabar.


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