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Liver, in anatomy, the largest glandular organ in the human body, lying on the right of the abdomen beneath the diaphragm. It consists of 4 lobes made up of between 50,000 and 100,000 lobules. The metabolic cells of the lobules perform the work of the liver, which includes several functions. The liver aids in digestion by converting nutrients in the blood into a form suitable for storage called glycogen and by producing bile, which breaks down fats. The liver also purifies the blood by converting harmful substances into products that may be excreted in urine or bile. Diseases of the liver include cirrhosis and hepatitis.

See also: Human body.

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