bile acid

noun Physiology.

any of various steroid acids, produced in the liver and stored with bile, that emulsify fats during digestion.
Compare bile salt.

Origin of bile acid

First recorded in 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for bile acid

bile acid


Any of several acids formed in the liver that commonly occur in the bile in combination with glycine or taurine as sodium salts.
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