bile duct


: a duct by which bile passes from the liver or gallbladder to the duodenum

Examples of bile duct in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also called cholangiocarcinoma, bile duct cancer is a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the ducts, or tubes, connecting the liver, gallbladder and small intestine according to the National Cancer Institute. Taijuan Moorman, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 Alfred died of cancer in 2002 On July 4, 2002, Alfred died after contracting a rare form of bile duct cancer. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 7 May 2024 There could be a structural defect, such as an obstruction in the bile duct or a stone in the liver.5 Tumors: A tumor is an abnormal growth of cells. Jenna Birch, Health, 28 Apr. 2024 Documentary filmmaker and social activist Lourdes Portillo dies at 80 Influential documentarian Lourdes Portillo passed away of cholangiocarcinoma, a kind of bile duct cancer, earlier this week. Sarah Quiñones Wolfson, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2024 Probing with an endoscope, the doctors visualized a worm at the point where the common bile duct joins with the pancreatic bile duct at the entrance to the small intestine. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 31 Aug. 2023 The cause was cancer of the bile duct, her husband, the jazz saxophonist Larry Ochs, said. Alex Williams, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health, PBC, is a chronic disease where the bile ducts in the liver eventually become dysfunctional and cause the buildup of bile which causes liver damage. Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 The protective capsule then dissolves inside the new host's intestines, and the liver flukes work their way to the liver via the bile ducts. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bile duct was in 1774

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“Bile duct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

bile duct

: a duct by which bile passes from the liver or gallbladder to the duodenum

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