Front View of the Liver
The liver is a large, meaty organ that sits on the right side of the belly.
Weighing about 3 pounds, the liver is reddish-brown in color and feels rubbery
to the touch. Normally you can't feel the liver, because it's protected by the
The liver has two large sections, called the right and the left lobes. The
gallbladder sits under the liver, along with parts of the pancreas and
intestines. The liver and these organs work together to digest, absorb, and
The liver's main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract,
before passing it to the rest of the body. The liver also detoxifies chemicals
and metabolizes drugs. As it does so, the liver secretes bile that ends up back
in the intestines. The liver also makes proteins important for blood clotting
and other functions.