- a product of a bile acid and a base, functioning as an emulsifier of lipids and fatty acids for absorption in the duodenum.
Origin of bile salt
First recorded in 1880–85
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- Any of the sodium salts of the bile acids, such as taurocholate and glycocholate, occurring in bile.
- A mixture, such as a commercial preparation derived from the bile of the ox, that is used medicinally as a hepatic stimulant or laxative.
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