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

Examples of gallbladder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biliary atresia is a blockage of the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and happens when the bile ducts. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Chicago girl waiting for liver transplant celebrates 1st birthday in hospital," 16 Oct. 2020 She had been hospitalized earlier this summer for an infection and in May, a gallbladder problem. Megan O'matz,, "Iconic Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remembered at Fort Lauderdale vigil: ‘It’s been devastating'," 19 Sep. 2020 While obesity has already been known to raise one’s risk of a host of detrimental health outcomes such as diabetes, stroke and gallbladder disease, it has also been linked to more severe cases of COVID-19. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "In era of COVID, when obesity is a risk factor, Indiana ranks as 11th fattest state," 18 Sep. 2020 He was diagnosed with COVID-19 in late August, Ealy says, weeks after having his gallbladder removed. Kim Willis, USA TODAY, "Bruce Williamson, former lead singer of The Temptations, dies at 49 from COVID-19," 7 Sep. 2020 After the production of bilirubin, jaundice is more likely to be caused by blockages in the bile pathway, such as gallstones or tumors in the gallbladder or pancreas. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Alex Trebek’s First Pancreatic Cancer Symptom Was Visible to Others," 19 Aug. 2020 Six shots struck Hatch, two were fatal – one in his chest and the other that pierced his liver, gallbladder and left kidney. oregonlive, "40 dead in shootings by Portland police: Here’s what happened," 15 Aug. 2020 In May, Ginsburg was hospitalized to receive nonsurgical treatment for a gallbladder infection but still heard oral arguments from her hospital bed. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Trump says he would fill potential Supreme Court vacancy before election," 11 Aug. 2020 Some examples include gallbladder stone removal, angiography or stenting for cardiac patients, and resections for early-stage cancer. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "India’s overburdened hospitals could actually benefit from more elective surgeries," 9 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of gallbladder was in 1676

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20 Oct 2020

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“Gallbladder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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