biliary

[ bil-ee-er-ee-bil-yuh-ree ]
/ ˈbɪl iˌɛr iˈbɪl yə ri /
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adjective

Physiology.
  1. of bile.
  2. conveying bile: a biliary duct.
Archaic. bilious.

Nearby words

  1. bilhah,
  2. bilharzia,
  3. bilharzial dysentery,
  4. bilharziasis,
  5. bili-,
  6. biliary atresia,
  7. biliary calculus,
  8. biliary canaliculus,
  9. biliary cirrhosis,
  10. biliary duct

Origin of biliary

1725–35; perhaps < French biliaire; see bile, -aire, -ary

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British Dictionary definitions for biliary

biliary

/ (ˈbɪlɪərɪ) /

adjective

of or relating to bile, to the ducts that convey bile, or to the gall bladder
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Word Origin and History for biliary

biliary

adj.

"pertaining to bile," 1731, from French biliaire, from bile (see bile). Meaning "bilious in mood or temperament" is recorded from 1837.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for biliary

biliary

[ bĭlē-ĕr′ē ]

adj.

Of or relating to bile, the bile ducts, or the gallbladder.
Transporting bile.

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