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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.

Origin of gallbladder

First recorded in 1670-80; gall1 + bladder Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for gall bladder

Contemporary Examples

  • The drainage tube to the bilary duct, which connected the intestines to the gall bladder, also failed.

    The Day Castro Wept A. L. Bardach September 17, 2009

Historical Examples

  • The gall bladder was filled with bile, and the pancreas indurated.

    Cases of Organic Diseases of the Heart John Collins Warren

  • The gall bladder was distended with a dark, muddy-looking bile.

    Fasting Girls William Alexander Hammond

  • The gall bladder was one-quarter inch wide and one inch long.

    Barium, A Cause of the Loco-Weed Disease Albert Cornelius Crawford

  • This stone, I was informed, was from the gall bladder of an antelope.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray

  • In two hundred and ten, the ribs are formed, and the gall bladder is visible.

    The Book of Curiosities I. Platts

  • (b) Formulate diet to be used after a gall bladder operation.

    Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit

  • Cut the heart open, and remove carefully the gall bladder from the liver.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver

  • If they were telling the truth I realized that labor's gall bladder had done bu'sted and we didn't have long to live.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis

  • The white man told him it meant that he "had done bu'sted his gall bladder and didn't have long to live."

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis

British Dictionary definitions for gall bladder


a muscular pear-shaped sac, lying underneath the right lobe of the liver, that stores bile and ejects it into the duodenum through the common bile duct

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gall bladder 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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gall bladder in Science

gallbladder   (gôl'blād'ər)   
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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gall bladder in Culture

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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