gallbladder

[gawl-blad-er]
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:
1670–80; gall1 + bladder

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gallbladder or gall bladder
n.
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   (gôl'blād'ər)  Pronunciation Key 
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 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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He was in intensive care, sedated, recovering from emergency surgery to remove
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First his gallbladder failed him, then his spleen and liver began to
  malfunction.
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