gallstone

noun
gall·​stone | \ ˈgȯl-ˌstōn How to pronounce gallstone (audio) \

Definition of gallstone

: a calculus (as of cholesterol) formed in the gallbladder or biliary passages

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Saving something that came out of your body might seem strange, but my mother took a few gallstones for the road after doctors removed the organ that kept filling up with them. Keri Wiginton, chicagotribune.com, "Taking body parts and medical devices home after surgery — what to know," 5 June 2019 Hormonal and weight changes associated with pregnancy are more likely to cause gallstone problems. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 18 Apr. 2019 Genetics, obesity, and previous pregnancies all up a mother’s risk of gallstones. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 18 Apr. 2019 Studies show that the acid contained in bile does have medical benefits in dissolving gallstones or treating some liver disease, as well as some anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Author: Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "From hemorrhoids to hangovers: Bear bile is treasured in China, and that’s bad for captive bears," 3 June 2018 Studies show that the acid contained in bile does have medical benefits in dissolving gallstones or treating some liver disease, as well as some anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "China’s bear bile industry persists despite growing awareness of the cruelty involved," 3 June 2018 The new ordinance is a relief for 76-year-old resident Russ Mozier, who experienced a lag in emergency response time during a debilitating gallstone attack in November 2016. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Avalon Park parking limited to one side of street to avoid tight squeezes for emergency vehicles," 22 May 2018 Chenodal is a tablet that helps a small number of patients with gallstones for whom surgery is too risky. Jen Christensen, CNN, "The 5 most expensive drugs in the United States," 11 May 2018 As was reportedly the case with Avicii, physicians removed his gall bladder and pancreas in 2014, likely due to recurring gallstones and pancreatitis. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Avicii Suffered From Pancreatitis -- What is It?," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gallstone

1758, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gallstone

gall entry 1 + stone entry 1

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gallstone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gallstone

medical : a hard object like a small stone that sometimes forms in the gallbladder and that can cause great pain

gallstone

noun
gall·​stone | \ ˈgȯl-ˌstōn How to pronounce gallstone (audio) \

Medical Definition of gallstone

: a calculus (as of cholesterol) formed in the gallbladder or biliary passages

called also biliary calculus, cholelith

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