bile

noun
\ ˈbī(-ə)l How to pronounce bile (audio) \

Definition of bile

1a : 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
2a : inclination to anger

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Examples of bile in a Sentence

One writer objected to what she described as “the bile that is spewed from the newspaper's editorial page.” with considerable bile, the author recounts a childhood filled with misery and loneliness
Recent Examples on the Web Schlarman’s battle with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer that starts in the bile ducts, has been the backdrop of Kentucky’s last three seasons. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "To win at Tennessee, Kentucky football played for 'something bigger' than itself," 17 Oct. 2020 All that bile seems to grow exponentially with each of Boot's new columns or appearances. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "In The Columnist, reading the comments isn’t bad—being a toxic online troll is," 11 Oct. 2020 Responding to this pile of bile, Biden was hardly a choir boy. Frank Bruni New York Times, Star Tribune, "After that fiasco, Biden should refuse to debate Trump again," 30 Sep. 2020 Spewing, just spewing anti semitic bile and accompanied by the Ku Klux Klan. Usa Today Staff, USA TODAY, "Read the full transcript from the first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump," 5 Mar. 2020 Positive results were reported in trials of Bald’s eyesalve, a medieval formulation consisting of bile salts, garlic, onion, and wine. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 15 Sep. 2020 Normally, bilirubin is created in the liver during the breakdown of old blood cells, and bile is secreted by your liver. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Alex Trebek’s First Pancreatic Cancer Symptom Was Visible to Others," 19 Aug. 2020 After the production of bilirubin, jaundice is more likely to be caused by blockages in the bile pathway, such as gallstones or tumors in the gallbladder or pancreas. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Alex Trebek’s First Pancreatic Cancer Symptom Was Visible to Others," 19 Aug. 2020 All of these things — saints’ bones, prayer snippets, rancid pig poison, sweet-smelling whale bile — were precious and private. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Lockets," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bile

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bile

Latin bilis; akin to Welsh bustl bile

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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bile. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for bile

bile

noun
How to pronounce bile (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bile

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

bile

noun
\ ˈbīl How to pronounce bile (audio) \

Kids Definition of bile

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

bile

noun
\ ˈbī(ə)l How to pronounce bile (audio) \

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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