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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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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