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 Colicky pain can occur in children and adults as a symptom of health problems affecting the gallbladder, kidneys, or intestines. Anna Giorgi, Verywell Health, 12 July 2024 It was associated with more than a third of deaths from cancer of the endometrium, gallbladder, esophagus, liver and kidney, the new study found. Deidre McPhillips, CNN, 11 July 2024 According to Holmes, the patient had arrived the previous night in need of a gallbladder surgery. Kylie Volavongsa, Kansas City Star, 10 July 2024 Treatment of cholecystitis often involves the removal of the gallbladder. Robin Elise Weiss, Phd, Parents, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for gallbladder 

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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 17 Jul. 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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