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Categories: Digestive Organs

The liver is the largest gland in the body, and is situated in
the upper and right part of the abdominal cavity. The lower border of the

liver corresponds to the lower border of the ribs in front and to the

right side. It weighs fifty to sixty ounces in the male; in the female,

forty to fifty ounces. It is about eight to nine inches in its transverse

measurement; vertically near its right surface it is six to seven inches,

while it is four to five inches thick at its thickest part. Opposite the

backbone from behind forward it measures about three inches. The left

lobe, the smallest and thinnest, extends to the left, over what is called

the pit of the stomach.