gallstone

noun
gall·stone | \ ˈgȯl-ˌstōn \

Definition of gallstone 

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

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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 Patients are at risk for stroke, eye disease, gallstones, bacterial infections, and anemia, among other health issues. Joseph Tropea, Philly.com, "Q&A: A family member was recently diagnosed with sickle-cell disease. What should I know?," 1 May 2018 Pannala, who did not treat Avicii and was speaking about pancreatitis in general terms, says that the most common causes are related to alcohol abuse and gallstones. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Avicii Suffered From Pancreatitis -- What is It?," 24 Apr. 2018 At the time, the church was told he had gallstones and had to be hospitalized. Sarah Smith, star-telegram, "Fundamentalist Baptist pastor arrested on charges he failed to report child abuse | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 3 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 \

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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