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 for Floating liver
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Floating \Float"ing\, a.
     1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a
        wreck; floating motes in the air.
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     2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating
        ribs in man and some other animals.
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     3. Not funded; not fixed, invested, or determined; as,
        floating capital; a floating debt.
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              Trade was at an end. Floating capital had been
              withdrawn in great masses from the island.
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     Floating anchor (Naut.), a drag or sea anchor; drag sail.
     Floating battery (Mil.), a battery erected on rafts or the
        hulls of ships, chiefly for the defense of a coast or the
        bombardment of a place.
     Floating bridge.
        (a) A bridge consisting of rafts or timber, with a floor
            of plank, supported wholly by the water; a bateau
            bridge. See Bateau.
        (b) (Mil.) A kind of double bridge, the upper one
            projecting beyond the lower one, and capable of being
            moved forward by pulleys; -- used for carrying troops
            over narrow moats in attacking the outworks of a fort.
        (c) A kind of ferryboat which is guided and impelled by
            means of chains which are anchored on each side of a
            stream, and pass over wheels on the vessel, the wheels
            being driven by stream power.
        (d) The landing platform of a ferry dock.
     Floating cartilage (Med.), a cartilage which moves freely
        in the cavity of a joint, and often interferes with the
        functions of the latter.
     Floating dam.
        (a) An anchored dam.
        (b) A caisson used as a gate for a dry dock.
     Floating derrick, a derrick on a float for river and harbor
        use, in raising vessels, moving stone for harbor
        improvements, etc.
     Floating dock. (Naut.) See under Dock.
     Floating harbor, a breakwater of cages or booms, anchored
        and fastened together, and used as a protection to ships
        riding at anchor to leeward. --Knight.
     Floating heart (Bot.), a small aquatic plant ({Limnanthemum
        lacunosum) whose heart-shaped leaves float on the water
        of American ponds.
     Floating island, a dish for dessert, consisting of custard
        with floating masses of whipped cream or white of eggs.
     Floating kidney. (Med.) See Wandering kidney, under
     Floating light, a light shown at the masthead of a vessel
        moored over sunken rocks, shoals, etc., to warn mariners
        of danger; a light-ship; also, a light erected on a buoy
        or floating stage.
     Floating liver. (Med.) See Wandering liver, under
     Floating pier, a landing stage or pier which rises and
        falls with the tide.
     Floating ribs (Anat.), the lower or posterior ribs which
        are not connected with the others in front; in man they
        are the last two pairs.
     Floating screed (Plastering), a strip of plastering first
        laid on, to serve as a guide for the thickness of the
     Floating threads (Weaving), threads which span several
        other threads without being interwoven with them, in a
        woven fabric.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Liver \Liv"er\, n. [AS. lifer; akin to D. liver, G. leber, OHG.
     lebara, Icel. lifr, Sw. lefver, and perh. to Gr. ? fat, E.
     live, v.] (Anat.)
     A very large glandular and vascular organ in the visceral
     cavity of all vertebrates.
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     Note: Most of the venous blood from the alimentary canal
           passes through it on its way back to the heart; and it
           secretes the bile, produces glycogen, and in other ways
           changes the blood which passes through it. In man it is
           situated immediately beneath the diaphragm and mainly
           on the right side. See Bile, Digestive, and
           Glycogen. The liver of invertebrate animals is
           usually made up of c[ae]cal tubes, and differs
           materially, in form and function, from that of
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     Floating liver. See Wandering liver, under Wandering.
     Liver of antimony, Liver of sulphur. (Old Chem.) See
     Liver brown, Liver color, the color of liver, a dark,
        reddish brown.
     Liver shark (Zool.), a very large shark ({Cetorhinus
        maximus), inhabiting the northern coasts both of Europe
        and North America. It sometimes becomes forty feet in
        length, being one of the largest sharks known; but it has
        small simple teeth, and is not dangerous. It is captured
        for the sake of its liver, which often yields several
        barrels of oil. It has gill rakers, resembling whalebone,
        by means of which it separates small animals from the sea
        water. Called also basking shark, bone shark,
        hoemother, homer, and sailfish; it is sometimes
        referred to as whale shark, but that name is more
        commonly used for the Rhincodon typus, which grows even
     Liver spots, yellowish brown patches on the skin, or spots
        of chloasma.
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