"The hepatic lobules are the structural and functional units of the liver containing hepatic cells arranged in the form of cords. "
My textbook says that the hepatic lobule is the structural and functional unit of the liver. I'm confused as to why don't call hepatocytes the structural and functional unit of the liver instead, as they are the actual units secreting phospholipids, bilirubin and other components of the bile juice.
I framed this answer based on my understanding, please verify if I'm right or not and do suggest improvements-
"Properties of the hepatic lobule are not present in hepatocytes, they arise due to the interaction of hepatocytes. Therefore, hepatocytes on their own, cannot be termed as a functional and structural unit of the liver"