- an abnormal stonelike mass, usually of cholesterol, formed in the gallbladder or bile passages.
Origin of gallstone
Also called biliary calculus.
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- pathol a small hard concretion of cholesterol, bile pigments, and lime salts, formed in the gall bladder or its ductsAlso called: bilestone
Word Origin and History for gallstone
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- 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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- 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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