The role of the liver
Where is it in the body?
It is on your right side, between your waist and arm pit.
Composition and how it works
The liver is composed of a left and right lobe. The gallbladder is located at the right lobe and stores the bile.
The portal vein and the hepatic arteries bring blood from the heart and the intestines, respectively. The blood is removed from the veins by the hepatic veins.
The liver under the microscope
If we look closer, the liver is composed, of lobules where we find blood vessels, canals and cords interposed by liver cells, hepatocytes , which act as exchange zones.
What is the use of the liver?
Our body is made up of 3 vital functions: detoxification, synthesis and storage, all of which are performed by the largest organ in our body.
The liver recovers and eliminates many toxins. Those toxins can be found in the waste generated by our organisms, like ammonia, or in the alcohol we consume.
Our liver assures the metabolism of the carbohydrates, the fat and the proteins while producing bile, essential element for our digestion. Our liver also avoids hemorrhages via the coagulation process.
The liver stores vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and glycogens (carbohydrates) meaning it stores energy like sugar and makes it available to our organism when needed.
Want to test your knowledge about the liver? Make the quiz!
Which one of these sentences is correct about the liver ?
The human body has the largest organ.
It isn’t a crucial organ.
It can not regenerate itself.
The liver is very important to us. It is approximately 10 cm long.
How much does it weight?
Less than 500g is all.
More than 3 kilograms.
The weight of the liver is little more than 1.5 kilograms.
Where is it located in the body?
On the right side is where it goes through the abdominal area.
The rib cage is in the middle.
Just below the heart is the left side of it.
Important if you need to do a liver exam : remember that it is located on your right side, contrary to the heart.
What is the liver for?
Storage, synthesis and rejuvenation.
The conjugates are filtering.
The white blood cells are moving.
To eliminate toxins, to insure some metabolisms, and to stock the energy under the glycogen form are its three most important functions.
What are hepatocytes?
The genes that are produced by the liver.
Large amounts of carbohydrates and lipids were synthesized.
The main cells of the body.
The main cells of the body are the hepatocytes. Between 70% and 80% of them are represented by them. There are people in this picture. Organogenesis and development of the liver is a topic that is covered in the book by Si-Tayeb K.
Which of these functions is not performed by the liver?
There are toxins that can be used for purification.
There is regulation of blood cells.
synthesis of nutrition
There is energy storage.
Its three main functions are toxins, synthesis, and energy storage.
We hope the quiz helped you understand the functions of the liver. We encourage you to read our article.
Theliver is a vital organ in the human body.
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