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 The doctor, Moomal Waqar, was in despair about the number of patients with kidney and gallstone ailments. Brendan Hoffman, National Geographic, "A water crisis looms for 270 million people as South Asia’s glaciers shrink," 16 June 2020 The Supreme Court said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized with an infection caused by a gallstone. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Break up the task force?," 6 May 2020 Tests confirmed that a gallstone migrated to her cystic duct, causing a blockage and infection. NBC News, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for gallbladder condition," 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, "Kenny Dalglish released from hospital after positive coronavirus test," 12 Apr. 2020 Patients with gallstones have been sent home with painkillers, rather than scheduling surgeries to remove their gallbladders. NBC News, "'A death sentence': Critically ill patients denied transplants amid coronavirus outbreak," 18 Mar. 2020 Body parts aren’t allowed, either, but StorageCafe did report that a tenant left behind a jar of gallstones. oregonlive, "Top 10 creepiest pieces of junk and other weird stuff left in storage units," 14 Feb. 2020 But there is no clinical evidence that the gallstones of cattle, the roots of plants and licorice could work in combating it. New York Times, "‘What if We All Get Sick?’: Coronavirus Strains China’s Health System," 27 Jan. 2020 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

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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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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


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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