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

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That last bit involves strangling on the spit and bile in my mouth. Gene Weingarten, Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: How to deal with profound impatience? Try the Glass Bowl method.," 20 June 2019 Farming China began farming bears to extract their bile in the 1980s. National Geographic, "Bear bile, explained," 12 June 2019 During the process, the bears are usually kept in tiny cages and live with a permanent catheter, to drain the bile, that can rust or otherwise degrade. Jani Actman, National Geographic, "How can traditional Chinese medicine threaten wildlife?," 17 June 2019 One is that estrogen tends to increase the production of HDL cholesterol, which is a component of bile, Dr. Aquino says. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Gastrointestinal Issues That Can Affect You During Pregnancy," 14 Dec. 2018 Your gallbladder holds a digestive fluid called bile that's released into your small intestine to help with the crucial task of breaking down your food. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Gastrointestinal Issues That Can Affect You During Pregnancy," 14 Dec. 2018 Cholestasis is a condition that occurs when there’s an issue with the flow of bile (a digestive fluid) in the body, and it can be tied to certain liver or pancreatic diseases or occur when there’s a problem with the bile duct. Ratika Gupta, SELF, "An Allergist Explains Why You Might Be Itchy All Over, Even Though You Don’t Have a Rash," 13 Sep. 2018 And there’s no White House chaos at all; in fact, despite legal scandals and special counsel investigations and bile-laden tweets, everything, absolutely everything, is going just as Donald Trump intended it. Jane Coaston, Vox, "#QAnon, the scarily popular pro-Trump conspiracy theory, explained," 1 Aug. 2018 Not a great movie, but an important one, now more than ever when, sadly, some of the bile directed at Robinson isn't as hard to picture. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "The 10 best baseball movies ever (No, not 'Field of Dreams')," 22 June 2018

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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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bile

noun

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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