bile salt

noun

1
: a salt of bile acid
2
bile salts plural : a dry mixture of the principal salts of the gall of the ox used as a liver stimulant and as a laxative

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bile, along with bile salts, is used to break down fats during the digestive process. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, 18 Apr. 2019 The divers inject the starfish with a solution of bile salts or white vinegar, which kill the starfish without hurting other marine life. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bile salt was in 1881

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“Bile salt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bile%20salt. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

bile salt

noun

1
: a salt of bile acid
2
bile salts plural : a dry mixture of the salts of the gall of the ox used as a liver stimulant and as a laxative

called also ox bile extract, oxgall

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