bile salt

noun

Definition of bile salt

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

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Bile, along with bile salts, is used to break down fats during the digestive process. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 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, "A Voracious Starfish Is Destroying the Great Barrier Reef," 5 Jan. 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bile salt

noun

Medical Definition of bile salt

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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