- Physiology. a bitter, alkaline, yellow or greenish liquid, secreted by the liver, that aids in absorption and digestion, especially of fats.
- ill temper; peevishness.
- Old Physiology. either of two humors associated with anger and gloominess.
Origin of bile
Examples from the Web for bile
Jesse Singal reports on the latest attempts to stem the flow of Internet bile.Most Comments Are Horrible—Sites Look for Ways to Make Them Better
July 16, 2012
By now, American rage has refined itself—like wine mixed with bile—into various categories and degrees.From the JetBlue Pilot to Robert Bales, Cultural Road Rage Is Everywhere
March 28, 2012
The surgery removes the right side of the pancreas, the gallbladder, and parts of the stomach, bile duct, and small intestine.Jobs’s Unorthodox Treatment
October 6, 2011
It can come during one of those loud late-night phone calls fueled by booze and bile that leave no insult unspoken.When Love Hurts
John Douglas Marshall
July 27, 2009
Coulter is the extremely slim bartender whose private stock contains one drink: bile.Running the Republicans
March 6, 2009
When you bile potaters, don't you let 'em run over onto the stove.Meadow Grass
The various kinds of bile have names answering to their colours.
There is a third class of diseases which are produced, some by wind and some by phlegm and some by bile.
But the other kinds of bile are variously distinguished by their colours.
Inflammations of the body come from burnings and inflamings, and all of them originate in bile.
- a bitter greenish to golden brown alkaline fluid secreted by the liver and stored in the gall bladder. It is discharged during digestion into the duodenum, where it aids the emulsification and absorption of fats
- irritability or peevishness
- archaic either of two bodily humours, one of which (black bile) was thought to cause melancholy and the other (yellow bile) anger
- a Scot word for boil 1
Word Origin and History for bile
1660s, from French bile (17c.) "bile," also, informally, "anger," from Latin bilis "fluid secreted by the liver," also one of the four humors (also known as choler), thus "anger, peevishness" (especially as black bile, 1797).
- 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.gall1
- Either of two bodily humors, black bile or yellow bile, in ancient and medieval physiology.
- A bitter, alkaline, brownish-yellow or greenish-yellow fluid that is secreted by the liver, concentrated and stored in the gallbladder, and discharged into the duodenum of the small intestine. It helps in the digestion of fats and the neutralization of acids, such as the hydrochloric acid secreted by the stomach. Bile consists of salts, acids, cholesterol, lipids, pigments, and water.♦ Bile salts help in the emulsification, digestion, and absorption of fats.♦ Bile pigments are waste products formed by the breakdown of hemoglobin from old red blood cells.