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gall bladder
▪ In gall bladder filling after a test meal, V r e s reflects maximum gall bladder volume.
▪ In pregnancy and obesity, increased fasting and postprandial residual gall bladder volumes are associated with increased risk of gall stone formation.
▪ It was considered that many of these problems were related to inexperience in the management of stones within a retained gall bladder.
▪ Only six of the 13 patients had a clear gall bladder at the end of the first procedure.
▪ Paired hepatic and gall bladder bile samples were collected from 10 patients with cholesterol gall stones and six patients without gall stones.
▪ The composition of phospholipids in human hepatic and gall bladder bile has been studied by a number of investigators during recent years.
▪ The same triple defect probably contributes to the formation of recurrent gall bladder stones.
▪ This is probably because of impaired gall bladder contraction.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Gall bladder

Gall \Gall\ (g[add]l), n.[OE. galle, gal, AS. gealla; akin to D. gal, OS. & OHG. galla, Icel. gall, SW. galla, Dan. galde, L. fel, Gr. ?, and prob. to E. yellow. [root]49. See Yellow, and cf. Choler]

  1. (Physiol.) The bitter, alkaline, viscid fluid found in the gall bladder, beneath the liver. It consists of the secretion of the liver, or bile, mixed with that of the mucous membrane of the gall bladder.

  2. The gall bladder.

  3. Anything extremely bitter; bitterness; rancor.

    He hath . . . compassed me with gall and travail.
    --Lam. iii. 5.

    Comedy diverted without gall.

  4. Impudence; brazen assurance. [Slang]

    Gall bladder (Anat.), the membranous sac, in which the bile, or gall, is stored up, as secreted by the liver; the cholecystis. See Illust. of Digestive apparatus.

    Gall duct, a duct which conveys bile, as the cystic duct, or the hepatic duct.

    Gall sickness, a remitting bilious fever in the Netherlands.

    Gall of the earth (Bot.), an herbaceous composite plant with variously lobed and cleft leaves, usually the Prenanthes serpentaria.

gall bladder

alt. (context anatomy English) A pear-shaped organ that stores bile from the liver, until the body needs it for the digestion and absorption of fats in the duodenum. n. (context anatomy English) A pear-shaped organ that stores bile from the liver, until the body needs it for the digestion and absorption of fats in the duodenum.

Usage examples of "gall bladder".

And then DiNardo's god struck him down with a gall bladder infection that required surgery, and his chosen backup had been swiftly chopped down by backroom politics.

Specifically, these compounds lower cholesterol by stimulating the release of bile by the gall bladder (bile contains cholesterol and related compounds) and by decreasing the production of cholesterol in the liver.

In Tokyo, she was referred to a specialist, who after administering a battery of tests informed her that she was having trouble with her gall bladder.

It had blocked the pores of her skin, suffocating her by minute degrees, and had affected a number of her internal organs, including her gall bladder and pancreas.