gallbladder

noun

gall·​blad·​der ˈgȯl-ˌbla-dər How to pronounce gallbladder (audio)
plural gallbladders
: a membranous muscular sac in which bile from the liver is concentrated and stored before being passed to the intestinal duodenum
After a meal, the gallbladder contracts and injects several tablespoons of bile into the small intestines, where the detergent-like bile salts break up fats.David Schardt
For reasons not yet entirely clear, many people, women more often than men, are predisposed to forming stones in their gallbladder.Sherwin B. Nuland

Examples of gallbladder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bile, which is produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, aids with digestion by breaking down fats into fatty acids that can be more easily used by the body. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2024 Also called cholangiocarcinoma, bile duct cancer is a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the ducts, or tubes, connecting the liver, gallbladder and small intestine according to the National Cancer Institute. Taijuan Moorman, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 Evelyn had initially mistaken the throbbing for gallbladder pain. Amber Ferguson, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 Operations to treat appendicitis or ruptured gallbladders, for example, are emergency procedures, said Dr. Edward Schaeffer, the director of the Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute and chair of urology at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. Sara G. Miller, NBC News, 9 Jan. 2024 In the 1990s, Vietnamese farmers would extract bile by cutting into the bears’ abdomens and gallbladders then stitching them back up, Robinson said. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 3 June 2023 Both drugs have potential side effects and complications such as thyroid tumors, and stomach and gallbladder problems. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 4 Jan. 2024 Some of that bile goes directly to your intestines, and the rest is stored in your gallbladder. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 12 Jan. 2024 There wasn’t an increase in risk for biliary disease, which includes conditions that affect the gallbladder, the liver and the bile ducts, as its incidence was similar for both types of drugs. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 5 Oct. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

gall entry 1 + bladder

First Known Use

1585, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gallbladder was in 1585

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Cite this Entry

“Gallbladder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallbladder. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

gallbladder

noun
gall·​blad·​der ˈgȯl-ˌblad-ər How to pronounce gallbladder (audio)
: a muscular sac in which bile from the liver is stored

Medical Definition

gallbladder

noun
gall·​blad·​der ˈgȯl-ˌblad-ər How to pronounce gallbladder (audio)
: a membranous muscular sac in which bile from the liver is concentrated and stored before being passed to the duodenum
Gallstones are made of cholesterol, a normal component of the bile stored in the gallbladder.D. Shiga, Science News
Removal of the gallbladder—a pear-shaped sac in the right side of your abdomen—has little adverse effect on digestion. After surgery, bile flows directly from your liver to your small intestine rather than being stored first in your gallbladder.Mayo Clinic Health Letter

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