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bile salt

noun, Physiology
1.
a product of a bile acid and a base, functioning as an emulsifier of lipids and fatty acids for absorption in the duodenum.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85
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bile-salt in Medicine

bile salt n.

  1. Any of the sodium salts of the bile acids, such as taurocholate and glycocholate, occurring in bile.

  2. A mixture, such as a commercial preparation derived from the bile of the ox, that is used medicinally as a hepatic stimulant or laxative.

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