bil·​i·​ary | \ ˈbi-lē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce biliary (audio) , -e-rē \

Definition of biliary

: of, relating to, or conveying bile also : affecting the bile-conveying structures

Examples of biliary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 A’ja developed a benign tumor on her lip and Kyrie was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a liver disease that will require Kyrie to undergo a transplant. Char Adams,, 7 Oct. 2019 Sadie was born with biliary atresia, a condition in infants in which the bile ducts outside and inside the liver are scarred and blocked, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, 12 Sep. 2019 Estrogen and progesterone, both key pregnancy hormones, impact biliary secretions. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, 18 Apr. 2019 Argentine media reported the death and said he had been hospitalized for coronary and biliary conditions. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2018 Robertson, who lists his favorite wrestlers as John Cena and Roman Reigns, was stricken at birth with biliary atresia, a liver disease that stunted his growth and has required two transplants among 36 surgeries. Gene Guillot,, 26 Feb. 2018 When gallstones cause pain, called biliary colic, there is no danger to mom or baby. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, 9 Aug. 2017 Robertson suffers from biliary atresia — a rare disease that affects his physical growth, according to The Undefeated. Char Adams,, 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of biliary

1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biliary

French biliare, from Latin bilis

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“Biliary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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bil·​i·​ary | \ ˈbil-ē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce biliary (audio) \

Medical Definition of biliary

1 : of, relating to, or conveying bile biliary stasis
2 : affecting the bile-conveying structures biliary disorders


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