bile

noun \ ˈbī(-ə)l \

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

Examples of bile in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of bile

Latin bilis; akin to Welsh bustl bile

Other Biochemistry Terms


BILE Defined for English Language Learners

bile

noun

Definition of bile for English Language Learners

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

  • : anger or hatred


BILE Defined for Kids

bile

noun \ ˈbīl \

Definition of bile for Students

:a thick bitter yellow or greenish fluid produced by the liver to aid in digestion of fats in the small intestine

Medical Dictionary

bile

noun \ ˈbī(ə)l \

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


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