"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"

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    $\begingroup$ Who is "it"? What are the functions of the liver? There is more than one. $\endgroup$ Aug 3 at 0:00
  • $\begingroup$ "It" refers to my books and teachers. They say that a single hepatic lobule is capable of performing all the designated functions of a liver. But that doesn't make sense to me, aren't hepatocytes capable of doing all of them in the first place?? $\endgroup$
    – Shreya
    Aug 3 at 10:24
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    $\begingroup$ My question about "It" was meant to prod you into citing your source. A bit of research on your part is expected. No, a hepatocyte can't perform all the functions of the liver. Why would I ask that question if you were correct? $\endgroup$ Aug 3 at 11:45
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    – tyersome
    Aug 3 at 18:44
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    $\begingroup$ Related question: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/89056/functional-unit $\endgroup$
    – user237650
    Aug 4 at 16:37


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