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gallstone

[gawl-stohn]
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noun
  1. an abnormal stonelike mass, usually of cholesterol, formed in the gallbladder or bile passages.
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Origin of gallstone

First recorded in 1750–60; gall1 + stone
Also called biliary calculus.
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Related Words for gallstone

concretion, calculus, cystolith, bilestone

Examples from the Web for gallstone

Historical Examples of gallstone

  • Such is the pain produced by lead-colic, or by the passage of a gallstone or renal calculus.

    The Action of Medicines in the System

    Frederick William Headland

  • Hysteria will imitate nearly every form of cramp, including even those due to gallstone and kidney calculus.

    Psychotherapy

    James J. Walsh


British Dictionary definitions for gallstone

gallstone

noun
  1. 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 gallstone

n.

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

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gallstone in Medicine

gallstone

(gôlstōn′)
n.
  1. A concretion in the gallbladder or in a bile duct, composed chiefly of cholesterol, calcium salts, and bile pigments.biliary calculus cholelith
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gallstone in Science

gallstone

[gôlstōn′]
  1. 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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gallstone in Culture

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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