cho·​le·​sta·​sis | \ˌkō-lə-ˈstā-səs \
plural cholestases\ -​ˌsēz \

Definition of cholestasis 

: a checking or failure of bile flow

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Other Words from cholestasis

cholestatic \ -​ˈsta-​tik \ adjective

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When cholestasis happens, waste product known as bilirubin gets into the bloodstream. Ratika Gupta, SELF, "An Allergist Explains Why You Might Be Itchy All Over, Even Though You Don’t Have a Rash," 13 Sep. 2018 Doctors suspected cholestasis, a condition in which pregnancy hormones elevate liver bile levels, which can result in stillbirth. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "This Woman Coped With the Loss of Her Stillborn Son in the Most Beautiful Way," 15 Sep. 2017 Losing a baby in the second or third trimester, hemorrhaging, stillbirth, HELLP syndrome, cholestasis. Rachel Stuhler, Cosmopolitan, "I Almost Died During Childbirth. I’m Not Alone.," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of cholestasis

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cholestasis

New Latin

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The first known use of cholestasis was in 1888

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cho·​le·​sta·​sis | \ˌkō-lə-ˈstā-səs, ˌkäl-ə- \
plural cholestases\ -​ˈstā-​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of cholestasis 

: a checking or failure of bile flow

Other Words from cholestasis

cholestatic \ ˌkō-​lə-​ˈstat-​ik, ˌkäl-​ə-​ \ adjective

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