gallstone

[gawl-stohn]

noun

an abnormal stonelike mass, usually of cholesterol, formed in the gallbladder or bile passages.

Nearby words

  1. gallows frame,
  2. gallows humor,
  3. gallows humour,
  4. gallows tree,
  5. gallsickness,
  6. gallup,
  7. gallup poll,
  8. gallup polls,
  9. gallup, george horace,
  10. gallus

Origin of gallstone

First recorded in 1750–60; gall1 + stone

Also called biliary calculus.

biliary calculus

noun Pathology.

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British Dictionary definitions for biliary calculus

gallstone

noun

pathol a small hard concretion of cholesterol, bile pigments, and lime salts, formed in the gall bladder or its ductsAlso called: bilestone
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Word Origin and History for biliary calculus

gallstone

n.

1758, from gall (n.1) + stone (n.).

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Medicine definitions for biliary calculus

gallstone

[gôlstōn′]

n.

A concretion in the gallbladder or in a bile duct, composed chiefly of cholesterol, calcium salts, and bile pigments.biliary calculus cholelith

n.

gallstone

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Science definitions for biliary calculus

gallstone

[gôlstōn′]

A small, hard, abnormal mass composed chiefly of cholesterol, calcium salts, and bile pigments, formed in the gallbladder or in a bile duct. The presence of gallstones can lead to painful obstruction or infection and is sometimes treated with cholecystectomy.
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Culture definitions for biliary calculus

gallstone

A hard, pebblelike material deposited in the gallbladder or bile ducts by the process of chemical precipitation. Gallstones can cause considerable pain and can even obstruct the flow of bile from the gallbladder. On some occasions, the entire gallbladder must be removed by surgery.

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