- n. anatomy A pear-shaped organ that stores bile from the liver, until the body needs it for the digestion and absorption of fats in the duodenum.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) the membranous sac, in which the bile, or gall, is stored up, as secreted by the liver; the cholecystis. See
Illust.of Digestive apparatus.
- n. a muscular sac attached to the liver that stores bile (secreted by the liver) until it is needed for digestion
“It is of an oblong form, and appears to be for the purpose of containing the bile, until the proper time for it to be thrown into the stomach: -- the bile is conveyed from the gall bladder into the first portion of the small intestines, called duodenum, and from thence into the stomach.”
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as Given by Richard Foreman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, With General Rules for Preserving Health without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, with Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It Also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of which are not Explained in Any Other Book, and their Medical Virtues have Hitherto been Unknown to the Whites; To which is Added a Short Dispensatory.
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