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

Examples of gallstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because the misshapen red blood cells live just a fifth as long as normal ones, Helen developed gallstones from the byproducts of recycling huge numbers of dying cells. New York Times, "At 16, She’s a Pioneer in the Fight to Cure Sickle Cell Disease," 11 Jan. 2020 Duodenoscopes are used as a less invasive method than surgery to drain fluids from pancreatic and biliary ducts blocked by cancerous tumors, gallstones, or other gastrointestinal conditions. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Will Boston Scientific’s disposable scope — designed to prevent infections — be a $1b product?," 16 Dec. 2019 Another trip to the ER confirmed the source of her agony: multiple gallstones, including one the diameter of a large coin. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas," 8 Dec. 2019 Ursodeoxycholic acid, also known as ursodiol, is one of the acids found in bear bile that is truly medically effective for treating certain liver diseases and gallstones. National Geographic, "Bear bile, explained," 12 June 2019 Ursodeoxycholic acid, one of its main components, has been medically proven to help dissolve gallstones and treat liver disease. Julie Zaugg And Manveena Suri, CNN, "Poacher manhunt exposes murky world of Indian wildlife trafficking, where bear bile is big business," 25 Oct. 2019 Rapid weight loss can also increase the risk of gallstones. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "What to Know About the Snake Diet, an Extreme Fasting Plan for Weight Loss," 14 Oct. 2019 Pain in the upper right abdomen after eating Slowed down digestion also slows the emptying of the gallbladder, which can lead to gallstones. Felissa Allard, SELF, "These Are The Pregnancy Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore," 8 July 2019 This acid is medically proven to help dissolve gallstones and treat liver disease. National Geographic, "Bear bile, explained," 12 June 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Gallstone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallstone. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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gallstone

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How to pronounce gallstone (audio)

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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