bile-acid

bile acid

noun Physiology.
any of various steroid acids, produced in the liver and stored with bile, that emulsify fats during digestion.
Compare bile salt.


Origin:
1880–85

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bile acid n.
Any of several acids formed in the liver that commonly occur in the bile in combination with glycine or taurine as sodium salts.

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