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gallstone

[ gawl-stohn ]
/ ˈgɔlˌstoʊn /
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noun
an abnormal stonelike mass, usually of cholesterol, formed in the gallbladder or bile passages.
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Also called biliary calculus.

Origin of gallstone

First recorded in 1750–60; gall1 + stone
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British Dictionary definitions for gallstone

gallstone
/ (ˈɡɔːlˌstəʊn) /

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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Medical definitions for gallstone

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
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Scientific definitions for gallstone

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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for gallstone

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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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