gall·​blad·​der | \ˈgȯl-ˌbla-dər \

Definition of gallbladder 

: a membranous muscular sac in which bile from the liver is stored

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Once your gallbladder is gone, your body no longer has a place to store bile. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here Are All the Things That Can Cause Bizarre Green Poop," 30 May 2018 Over the summer, news broke that one teen had to have gallbladder surgery that may have been prompted by too many spicy snacks. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Lil Xan Was Reportedly Hospitalized for Eating Too Many Hot Cheetos," 25 Sep. 2018 Aged Significantly’ Over the Last Few Years: Friends In 2012, Avicii suffered pancreatitis that would eventually lead to the removal of his gallbladder and appendix. Jeff Nelson,, "Avicii Said He Was Exhausted by 'Hectic' Deejay Lifestyle and Feared It Would Kill Him," 24 Apr. 2018 Around the same time, in 2015, facing a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Scardapane underwent what is known as a Whipple procedure, in which several organs, including part of the pancreas, gallbladder, and spleen, were removed. Michael Klein,, "EatNic in Paoli closes over health and business issues," 19 May 2018 What's the right painkiller prescription to send home with a patient after gallbladder surgery or a cesarean section? Julie Appleby,, "Doling out pain pills post-surgery: An ingrown toenail not the same as a bypass," 27 June 2018 But they’re generally considered very safe: One 2012 report found that mortality and complication rates for both gastric bypass and sleeve procedures were lower than those generally associated with gallbladder or hip replacement surgery. Amanda Macmillan,, "12 People Have Died After Trying This Popular Weight-Loss Procedure. Here's What You Should Know," 7 June 2018 The cause was gallbladder cancer, according to Ecuadorian media reports. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Soda Stereo Keyboardist Daniel Sais Dead at 55," 2 July 2018 Benny is certified in detecting elephant ivory, bear gallbladder, shark fin, firearms and spent casings, and will soon be certified to detect rhino horn. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "Meet Benny the dog, Washington’s newest weapon in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of gallbladder

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gallbladder

gall entry 1 + bladder

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English Language Learners Definition of gallbladder

medical : the organ in the body in which bile from the liver is stored


gall·​blad·​der | \ˈgȯl-ˌbla-dər \

Kids Definition of gallbladder

: a small sac in which bile from the liver is stored


gall·​blad·​der | \ˈgȯl-ˌblad-ər \

Medical Definition of gallbladder 

: a membranous muscular sac in which bile from the liver is stored

called also cholecyst

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