bil·​i·​ary ˈbi-lē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce biliary (audio)
: of, relating to, or conveying bile
also : affecting the bile-conveying structures

Examples of biliary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2015, the name of another liver condition, primary biliary cirrhosis, was changed to primary biliary cholangitis. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 28 Dec. 2023 There wasn’t an increase in risk for biliary disease, which includes conditions that affect the gallbladder, the liver and the bile ducts, as its incidence was similar for both types of drugs. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 5 Oct. 2023 Following the results of the TOPAZ-1 study, the FDA approved the addition of durvalumab to chemotherapy for locally advanced or metastatic biliary tract cancer. Angus Chen Reprints, STAT, 20 Apr. 2023 As long as the acute infection is targeted quickly before the parasite starts feeling at home in the biliary ducts and causing cellular pathology, chronic infection and its grisly side effects can be averted. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 10 Apr. 2011 Symptoms depend on what region of the body is infected: in the liver, jaundice, abdominal pain and biliary duct obstruction can occur; in the lungs, coughing and chest pain. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 26 Jan. 2012 Both showed higher-than-normal rates of certain cancers, including biliary tract cancers. NBC News, 22 Nov. 2021 At the very end of 2019, her beloved mother, Lois Evans, passed after a battle with biliary cancer. Essence, 5 Nov. 2021 Duodenoscopes are used as a less invasive method than surgery to drain fluids from pancreatic and biliary ducts blocked by cancerous tumors, gallstones, or other gastrointestinal conditions. Jonathan Saltzman,, 16 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History


French biliare, from Latin bilis

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biliary was in 1661

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Cite this Entry

“Biliary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


bil·​i·​ary ˈbil-ē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce biliary (audio)
: of, relating to, or conveying bile

Medical Definition


bil·​i·​ary ˈbil-ē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce biliary (audio)
: of, relating to, or conveying bile
biliary stasis
: affecting the bile-conveying structures
biliary disorders
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