bile

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bile

noun \ˈbī(-ə)l\

: a yellow or greenish liquid that is made by the liver and that helps the body to digest fats

: anger or hatred

Full Definition of BILE

1
a :  either of two humors associated in old physiology with irascibility and melancholy
b :  a yellow or greenish viscid alkaline fluid secreted by the liver and passed into the duodenum where it aids especially in the emulsification and absorption of fats
2
a :  inclination to anger
b :  acrimony, vitriol

Examples of BILE

  1. One writer objected to what she described as the bile that is spewed from the newspaper's editorial page.
  2. <with considerable bile, the author recounts a childhood filled with misery and loneliness>

Origin of BILE

Latin bilis; akin to Welsh bustl bile
First Known Use: 1547

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bile

noun \ˈbī(ə)l\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BILE

1
: a yellow or greenish viscid alkaline fluid secreted by the liver and passed into the duodenum where it aids especially in the emulsification and absorption of fats—called also fel
2
: either of two humors associated in old physiology with irascibility and melancholy

bile

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Greenish-yellow liver secretion passed to the gallbladder for concentration, storage, or transport into the duodenum for fat digestion. Bile contains bile acids and salts, cholesterol, and electrolyte chemicals that keep it slightly acidic. In the intestine, products of the acids and salts emulsify fat and reduce its surface tension to prepare it for the action of pancreatic and intestinal fat-splitting enzymes.

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