Definitions for: Bile


[n] a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats



Webster (1913) Definition: Bile, n. [L. bilis: cf. F. bile.]
1. (Physiol.) A yellow, or greenish, viscid fluid, usually
alkaline in reaction, secreted by the liver. It passes
into the intestines, where it aids in the digestive
process. Its characteristic constituents are the bile
salts, and coloring matters.

2. Bitterness of feeling; choler; anger; ill humor; as, to
stir one's bile. --Prescott.

Note: The ancients considered the bile to be the ``humor''
which caused irascibility.


Bile, n. [OE. byle, bule, bele, AS. b?le, b?l; skin to D.
buil, G. beule, and Goth. ufbauljan to puff up. Cf. Boil a
tumor, Bulge.]
A boil. [Obs. or Archaic]

Synonyms: gall

See Also: digestive fluid, digestive juice

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