Liver FAQs:


Q: Is a liver a vital organ of vertebrates and some other animals?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver the only human internal organ capable of natural regeneration of lost tissue?

A: Yes, as little as 25% of a liver can regenerate into a whole liver.

Q: Are livers widely available from butchers and supermarkets?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver sometimes determined with a biopsy?

A: Yes, and particularly when the cause of liver damage is unknown.

Q: Is a liver covered by a thin double-layered membrane?

A: Yes, and the peritoneum, that help reduces friction against other organs.

Q: Is a liver collected in bile canaliculi?

A: Yes, and small grooves between the faces of adjacent hepatocytes.

Q: Is a liver responsible for the breakdown of insulin and other hormones?

A: Yes.

Q: Are livers yet to be developed to promote long term replacement in the absence of the liver?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver connected to two large blood vessels: the hepatic artery and the portal vein?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver a site that is vulnerable to the passing of infection from the abdominal cavity to the thoracic cavity?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a liver devoured by an eagle?

A: Yes, and only to grow back each night.

Q: Is a liver found associated with the digestive tract of the primitive chordate Amphioxus?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver combined with pieces of meat or kidneys, like in the various forms of Middle Eastern mixed grill?

A: Yes, Liver is often made into spreads.

Q: Is a liver responsible for immunological effects—the mononuclear phagocyte system of the liver contains many immunologically active cells?

A: Yes, and acting as a 'sieve' for antigens carried to it via the portal system.

Q: Is a liver also prone to many diseases?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver a gland?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver also responsible for gluconeogenesis?

A: Yes, and which is the synthesis of glucose from certain amino acids, lactate or glycerol.

Q: Is a liver a reddish-brown wedge-shaped organ with four lobes of unequal size and shape?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver a vital organ and supports almost every other organ in the body?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver carried out by the liver cells or hepatocytes?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver found in all vertebrates?

A: Yes, and is typically the largest visceral organ.

Q: Is a liver the umbilical vein which supplies nutrients to the growing fetus?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver thought to be responsible for up to 500 separate functions?

A: Yes, and usually in combination with other systems and organs.

Q: Were livers valued as food?

A: Yes, and especially the stingray liver.

Q: Was a liver thought to be the seat of the darkest emotions which drive men to action?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver a major site of production for thrombopoietin?

A: Yes, and a glycoprotein hormone that regulates the production of platelets by the bone marrow.

Q: Is a liver removed and used to replace the entire liver of the recipient?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver broadly similar in all vertebrates?

A: Yes.

Q: Are livers rich in iron and vitamin A?

A: Yes, and cod liver oil is commonly used as a dietary supplement.

Q: Is a liver covered in a serous coat derived from peritoneum and this has an inner fibrous coat to which it is firmly adhered?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver accompanied by jaundice caused by increased levels of bilirubin in the system?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver the main site of red blood cell production?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a liver responsible for the mainstay of protein metabolism?

A: Yes, and synthesis as well as degradation.

Q: Is a liver a restoration of function?

A: Yes, and not original form.

Q: Is a liver responsible for the breakdown and excretion of many waste products?

A: Yes.