gallstone [ gawl-stohn ] SHOW IPA / ˈgɔlˌstoʊn / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun an abnormal stonelike mass, usually of cholesterol, formed in the gallbladder or bile passages. Nearby words gallows frame, gallows humor, gallows humour, gallows tree, gallsickness, gallup, gallup poll, gallup polls, gallup, george horace, gallus Origin of gallstone
First recorded in
1750–60; gall 1
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Such is the pain produced by lead-colic, or by the passage of a
gallstone or renal calculus.
Hysteria will imitate nearly every form of cramp, including even those due to
gallstone and kidney calculus. British Dictionary definitions for gallstone noun pathol a small hard concretion of cholesterol, bile pigments, and lime salts, formed in the gall bladder or its ducts Also called: bilestone
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Medicine definitions for gallstone n. 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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Science definitions for gallstone 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 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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