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The liver is the largest organ of the human body without the skin, located below the ribs on right side of the abdomen.
Among its main functions include filtering the blood and toxic waste disposal, and the manufacture of enzymes that help digest food, converting them into substances needed for the proper functioning of the body. Some nutrients have to be chemically modified (metabolized) in the liver before the rest of the body can use as an energy source.
The liver produces some of the clotting factors that prevent the blood is too thin and also secretes bile to the intestine to help absorb nutrients.
The liver is divided into three lobes, the right, the left and a smaller one called square, which in turn are subdivided into segments. Unlike most other organs of the body receives blood from two sources.
The hepatic artery supplies the liver with blood rich in oxygen while the portal vein carries nutrient-rich blood from the intestines. All blood from the digestive tract through the liver before it reaches the rest of the body, making it a sort of ‘office’ from the outside world.
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