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

Origin of biliary

1725–35; perhaps < French biliaire; see bile, -aire, -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for biliary

Historical Examples of biliary

  • And Tommaso Bartholini called it the biliary vesicle of the spleen.

  • It is collected by the biliary ducts to be conveyed into the duodenum.

    Encyclopedia of Diet

    Eugene Christian

  • Your biliary secretions, dear friend, are all right, and you take bright views.

    The Dead Secret

    Wilkie Collins

  • It appears to arise from a disordered action of the biliary organs.

  • It was lying in a pouch-like cavity of one of the biliary ducts.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for biliary



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

"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

biliary in Medicine




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