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 Calculous cholecystitis: This occurs a when a gallstone is blocking the duct through which bile travels. Karen Pallarito,, 13 Dec. 2021 This type of inflammation, which is not caused by a gallstone, is much less common. Karen Pallarito,, 13 Dec. 2021 Sometimes people with chronic cholecystitis have a history of gallstone problems, where a stone occasionally blocks a duct but then pops out again, Dr. Pryor points out. Karen Pallarito,, 13 Dec. 2021 These estimates are broad because IBS symptoms can overlap with other gastric conditions like food intolerances, colitis, and or even gallstone pain. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The doctor, Moomal Waqar, was in despair about the number of patients with kidney and gallstone ailments. Brendan Hoffman, National Geographic, 16 June 2020 The Supreme Court said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized with an infection caused by a gallstone. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2020 Tests confirmed that a gallstone migrated to her cystic duct, causing a blockage and infection. NBC News, 4 May 2020 Dalglish, 69, was admitted to hospital last Wednesday for treatment on gallstones and despite showing no symptoms returned a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 after a routine test. CNN, 12 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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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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