from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A substance which promotes a flow of bile, by increasing its secretion, by facilitating the flow from the gall-bladder into the duodenum, or by quickening peristalsis, and so hurrying the bile through the intestines before it or its constituents are absorbed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Med.) Promoting the discharge of bile from the system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete, medicine Any agent that promotes the discharge of bile.


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  • This may be the case for laxatives, cough mixtures, anti-diarrhoea, cholagogue and dermatological preparations.

    Chapter 5

  • However, the potent influence of sunshine, quinine, and cholagogue speedily won their way, and in a few years malaria had become

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 5

  • To increase the activity of the liver, salicylate of soda may often be advantageously administered for its cholagogue effect; or resort may be had to saline purgatives such as are afforded by the springs of

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 821, September 26, 1891

  • People who never thought of such things before, except during the cucumber season, have become familiar with their livers and internal improvements, and talk as glibly of the abdomen, the umbilicus -- as well as the cuss who shot him -- the peritonitis, the colon, the ilium, the diaphragm, the alacumbumbletop and the diaphaneous cholagogue as though they had been attending a Chicago meat cutting match at a students 'dissecting room.

    Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882

  • I think Hawkins suspected that his folly was known to the camp; but he took refuge in symptoms of chills and fever, which he at once developed, and effected a diversion with three bottles of Indian cholagogue and two boxes of pills.

    Tales of the Argonauts

  • "You have got it bad this time," Peter said, suggesting the doctor, and more quinine and cholagogue, and a dose of Warburg's Tincture.

    The Cromptons

  • He did not suspect that the quinine went into the fire, and the cholagogue down the drain-pipe from the washstand.

    The Cromptons

  • Mandy Ann's curse was surely taking effect, for no sleep came to him that night, and the next day found him worn and pale, and when Peter, sure of a malarious attack worse than usual, ventured to offer his cholagogue and quinine, he was sworn at, and told to take himself off with his infernal drugs.

    The Cromptons

  • Quinine, cholagogue, and whiskey were prescribed in large quantities, and Peter wondered why they failed to cure.

    The Cromptons

  • Studies on Turmeric have shown that the herb possesses cholagogue-type substances which increase the secretions of bile.

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  • "'I shall bleed you,' he said, 'and mix a gentle cholagogue.'"

    --O'Brian, The Truelove, 16

    Also cholegogue.

    March 9, 2008

  • Apparently this means "promoting the flow of bile", a very odd thing.

    March 10, 2008