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Pronunciation: ste'a-to-hep'a-ti'tis

Definition: Liver disease characterized by fatty change of hepatocytes, accompanied by intralobular inflammation and fibrosis; diagnozed microscopically in biopsy or autopsy specimens. Most often caused by alcohol abuse, diabetes, or obesity but may be linked to adverse drug reactions, gastrointestinal and pancreatic disorders or total parenteral nutrition. See NASH

[steato- + hepatitis]

See Also: NASH

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