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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.

more (something) than Carter('s) has (liver) pills

old-fashioned A huge number of something; an amount of something that is greater than one can count. A reference to a popular patent medicine created in 1868 called "Carter's Little Liver Pills" (renamed "Carter's Little Pills" in 1959). I swear, that boy's got more excuses than Carter has liver pills! Their company's got more money problems than Carter's has pills—I wouldn't be surprised if they went bankrupt next week!
See also: more, pill

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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Further study has revealed differences in the extent of lesions among the liver lobules.
The biological mechanisms underlying this regeneration are far from clear, although studies of animals indicate that liver damage makes the body produce chemicals that spur liver cells to multiply.
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While it's normal to have some fat in the liver, fatty liver or steatosis occurs when more than five to 10 percent of your liver weight is made up of fat.
They have demonstrated that human liver cells taken from adult stem cells - known as induced-pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) - coaxed into an embryonic state can engraft and begin regenerating liver tissue in mice with chronic liver damage.
Alison Rogers, chief executive of the British Liver Trust, said: "With only 100 extra liver transplants available in five years and more people being affected by liver disease each year, we are very concerned about the consequences.
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The liver manufactures bile, which is then stored in the gall bladder.
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In addition, the trial will evaluate the device's potential as a blood purifier to provide temporary liver support during acute-on-top-of-chronic liver failure and to facilitate recovery from liver failure, support liver regeneration, and help keep liver failure patients alive until an organ becomes available for transplantation.
Through a collaborative research effort, HepaLife Technologies has been working towards the optimization of culture conditions for the company's proprietary PICM-19H liver cell line; such optimization will enable these cells to grow faster, reach higher densities and have optimal function of key liver metabolic and detoxification enzyme systems.
However, endotoxemia in liver transplant recipients has been associated with graft failure and a high mortality rate (4,5), and in gram-negative bacterial infections, the physiologic effects of endotoxin may persist after adequate antimicrobial drug treatment.
The next challenge was to find out how much damage the liver had already sustained by assessing the degree of fibrosis.