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Meaning of BILE

Pronunciation:  bIl

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats

BILE is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: gall
 See Also: digestive fluid, digestive juice



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bile\, n. [L. bilis: cf. F. bile.]
    1. (Physiol.) A yellow, or greenish, viscid fluid, usually
       alkaline in reaction, secreted by the liver. It passes
       into the intestines, where it aids in the digestive
       process. Its characteristic constituents are the bile
       salts, and coloring matters.
    2. Bitterness of feeling; choler; anger; ill humor; as, to
       stir one's bile. --Prescott.
    Note: The ancients considered the bile to be the ``humor''
          which caused irascibility.
  2. \Bile\, n. [OE. byle, bule, bele, AS. b?le, b?l; skin to D.
    buil, G. beule, and Goth. ufbauljan to puff up. Cf. {Boil} a
    tumor, {Bulge}.]
    A boil. [Obs. or Archaic]
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A fluid made by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile is excreted into the small intestine where it helps digest fat.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A dark fluid containing bile salts which is secreted by the liver into the bile ducts and the gallbladder.
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