gall·​blad·​der | \ ˈgȯl-ˌbla-dər How to pronounce gallbladder (audio) \

Definition of gallbladder

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

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Surgery to remove the gallbladder is also a common treatment for this issue and is generally safe during pregnancy. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Gastrointestinal Issues That Can Affect You During Pregnancy," 14 Dec. 2018 The doctor ordered a chest X-ray, an ultrasound of Barker’s gallbladder and a liver test. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "At night she suffered through searing pain, by morning it mysteriously vanished," 26 May 2018 She was immediately taken to the hospital and underwent surgery to have her gallbladder removed. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Hot Cheetos and Takis May Have Contributed to Teen's Need for Gallbladder Surgery," 24 July 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce gallbladder (audio) \

Kids Definition of gallbladder

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


gall·​blad·​der | \ ˈgȯl-ˌblad-ər How to pronounce gallbladder (audio) \

Medical Definition of gallbladder

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

called also cholecyst

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