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What am I, chopped liver?

A semi-serious expression of frustration, anger, or indignation at having been overlooked and/or regarded as inferior. The phrase likely originated as a part of Jewish humor, referring to the serving of chopped liver as a common side dish (thus overlooked in favor of the main course), the taste of which many do not find appealing. A: "Mary is so smart, talented, and creative, I wish she were my best friend!" B: "And what am I then, chopped liver?" They said they wanted to hire someone else for the job. What am I, chopped liver?
See also: chop, what


Cowardly or fearful. I'm not surprised that Tom didn't come to the rally—he's too lily-livered to defend his beliefs in public.

chopped liver

n. someone or something worthless. And who am I? Chopped liver?
See also: chop, liver


mod. cowardly. That lily-livered guy is up hiding under his bed till this blows over.
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The finding by Johns Hopkins researchers could one day be used as an alternative to liver transplant in patients with serious liver diseases, bypassing long waiting lists for organs and concerns about immune system rejection of the donated tissue.
In a separate experiment, the scientists removed parts of the livers of normal mice, which within days showed signs of regrowth.
patent application 10/483,190 entitled "Liver cell progenitor and use for the treatment of liver disease" and related foreign applications with UCL BioMedica Plc.
In addition, most of the HIV-positive patients who knew they were also positive for HCV were unaware of the potentially fatal aspect of this infection, and some of them realized they had a serious disease only after experiencing symptoms of decompensated liver disease.
Laboratory studies suggested that Rezulin played havoc with the livers and hearts of rodents.
In contrast with patients with cirrhosis, these patients have more normal sized livers, are in good physical shape, and do not have associated bleeding problems.
StemCells has previously demonstrated a reliable method for the prospective identification and isolation of hLEC, and has more recently demonstrated that hLEC can be obtained from livers that are not suitable for use in whole organ transplants.
Lisa Colletti of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and her colleagues now report that there is a surprisingly large supply of SCF in the livers of mice.
Specific staining showed early fibrosis by day 15 in the livers of the C57BL/6J (Figure 1C) but not BALB/c mice (Figure 1D); fibrosis was more extensive in both strains by day 22 (Figure 1E, F).
Unlike Riverside Community, Loma Linda transplants livers, in addition to kidneys and pancreas and combined kidney/pancreas transplants.
Hepatocytes express drug-metabolizing enzymes that biotransform drugs or substances ingested into the body, so they help predict the effect of a compound on human livers.
An organization that controls the allocation of organs for transplant voted Thursday to change substantially the rules for determining which dying patients get livers, giving those with the best prospects of survival top priority.
However, only a small percentage of liver failure patients receive a transplant due to shortage of donor livers.