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Definition of "bile" []

  • A bitter, alkaline, brownish-yellow or greenish-yellow fluid that is secreted by the liver, stored in the gallbladder, and discharged into the duodenum and aids in the emulsification, digestion, and absorption of fats. Also called gall1. (noun)
  • Bitterness of temper; ill humor; irascibility. (noun)
  • Either of two bodily humors, black bile or yellow bile, in ancient and medieval physiology. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bile" in a sentence
  • "'I see what you call a bile, and maybe you think it hurts, but I know it don't."
  • "Yes, you feeding into, enhancing and spooning out this same bile is exactly what they count on and look forward too."
  • "A Roman named Pliny the elder (AD 23-79) wrote about the use of this herb to move bile from the liver."