[AS. lifer.] In man the largest gland in the body, situated in the right upper side and towards the front of the abdominal cavity, measuring about 12 inches from side to side, and weighing from 50 to 60 oz. The blood, laden with nutritious matter, has to pass through the liver before it can get into the general circulation ; and the chief function of the liver is to secrete or gather the bile from the blood and send it into the gall-bladder, where it is stored up ready to be discharged into the intestines during digestion.