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[koh-luh-gawg, -gog, kol-uh-]Medicine/Medical
  1. Also cho·la·gog·ic [koh-luh-goj-ik, kol-uh-] /ˌkoʊ ləˈgɒdʒ ɪk, ˌkɒl ə-/. promoting the flow of bile.
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  1. a cholagogue agent.
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Origin of cholagogue

1605–15; < French < Greek cholagōgós. See chol-, -agogue
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Examples from the Web for cholagogue

Historical Examples of cholagogue

  • It might therefore be supposed that Colchicum too acted as a Cholagogue.

    The Action of Medicines in the System

    Frederick William Headland

  • On the skin its action is that of a diaphoretic, and being also excreted by the bile it acts slightly as a cholagogue.

  • Cholagogue, kol′a-gog, n. a purgative causing evacuations of bile.

  • A cholagogue, on the other hand, clears away a great quantity of bile, and the skin of patients so treated at once becomes clear.

  • On the other hand, if you give him a cholagogue, you will produce an abundant evacuation and not injure him at all.

British Dictionary definitions for cholagogue


  1. a drug or other substance that promotes the flow of bile from the gall bladder into the duodenum
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Derived Formscholagogic, adjective
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cholagogue in Medicine


  1. An agent that promotes the flow of bile into the intestine, especially as a result of contraction of the gallbladder.
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Related formscho′la•gogic (-gŏjĭk) adj. n.
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