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[gawl-blad-er] /ˈgɔlˌblæd ər/
noun, Anatomy
a pear-shaped, muscular sac attached to the undersurface of the right lobe of the liver, in which bile is stored and concentrated.
Also, gall bladder.
Origin of gallbladder
1670-80; gall1 + bladder Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was in intensive care, sedated, recovering from emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder.
  • Or gallbladder disease- a common cause of recurrent vomiting.
  • They'll use sound waves to get a look at your liver and gallbladder, to see if there's something there.
  • First his gallbladder failed him, then his spleen and liver began to malfunction.
  • gallbladder surgery is done to treat gallbladder disease.
  • For example, it may occur after surgery to remove the gallbladder.
  • In certain cancers, such as gallbladder cancer, symptoms often do not start until the disease has reached an advanced stage.
  • Certain drugs can slow or stop the flow of bile from the liver to the gallbladder and gut, which may damage the liver.
  • If there is recurrent or severe pain from gallstones, the gallbladder may need to be removed.
  • These ducts eventually join to form the large common bile duct that leads from the liver to the gallbladder.
gallbladder in Medicine

gallbladder or gall bladder
A small, pear-shaped muscular sac, located under the right lobe of the liver, in which bile secreted by the liver is stored until needed by the body for digestion. Also called cholecyst, cholecystis.

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gallbladder in Science
A small, pear-shaped muscular sac in most vertebrates in which bile is stored. The gallbladder is located beneath the liver and secretes bile into the duodenum of the small intestine.
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gallbladder in Culture

gallbladder definition

A small, muscular sac located under the liver. Bile is stored in the gallbladder until it is needed by the small intestine for digestion. (See digestive system.)

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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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