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Fatty liver

Synonym(s)

  • hepatic lipidosis
  • hepatitic steatosis
  • liver steatosis

Definition(s)

Lipid infiltration of the hepatic parenchymal cells resulting in a yellow-colored liver. The abnormal lipid accumulation is usually in the form of triglycerides, either as a single large droplet or multiple small droplets. Fatty liver is caused by an imbalance in the metabolism of fatty acids.

Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

1: An abnormal condition of the liver that is characterized by lipid accumulation in the hepatocytes to the extent that lipids account for more than five percent of liver weight and that is caused especially by injury, malnutrition, or hepatotoxins. 2: A liver affected with fatty liver.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: December 22, 2014