Liver

Description

liver

Largest internal glandular organ in the body 3– 3.5 pounds, size of a football.

Function

The liver is first to receive blood from the intestines where the blood has absorbed the final products of digestion and decomposition.  The liver removes toxic products and purifies digestion and assimilation.  It incorporates amino acids into energy production.  It synthesizes cholesterol as well as lipoproteins for the transport of fat to other body tissues; it converts fatty acids so they may be used as energy sources.  The liver stores and releases sugar.  The liver is the storage place for copper, iron, vitamin B12 and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.  The liver excretes bile.

In Greek mythology, Prometheus was punished by the gods for revealing fire to humans, by being chained to a rock where a vulture would peck out his liver, which would regenerate overnight. (The liver is the only human internal organ that actually can regenerate itself to a significant extent). 

Color

Pinkish brown.

Shape

Like an oblong ball. Convex on it’s upper margin, concave in it’s lower margin.

Direction

Above the waist.

Location

In the upper right quadrant of the abdominal cavity resting just below the diaphragm. The liver lies to the right of the stomach and overlies the gallbladder.

Delimitation

Surrounded by digestive organs, circulation, respiration, and back.

Meditation on Liver