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liver

liv·er

/ˈlivər/

Noun

The liver is the largest internal organ. Made of hepatic cells, it is located in the right upper abdominal quadrant, partially protected by the right lower ribs. It is highly vascularized, meaning that it is well-supplied with blood vessels. The liver has many functions: it acts as a filter and detoxifies many of the substances that we put into our bodies, such as medications and ethanol (drinking alcohol); it produces many substances that are needed to create building blocks for the body’s use; it stores a variety of vitamins and glycogen. Additionally, it serves as an aid to digestion, manufacturing bile that is stored in the gallbladder.