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    Fluid made by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile helps break down fats and gets rid of wastes in the body.


The largest organ in the body. The liver carries out many important functions, such as making bile, changing food into energy, and cleaning alcohol and poisons from the blood.

The storage sac for bile, located below the liver.

Fluid made by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile helps break down fats and gets rid of wastes in the body.

One of the three main classes of food and a source of energy in the body. Bile dissolves fats, and enzymes break them down. This process moves fats into cells.



Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
An enlargement of the prostate caused by disease or inflammation. It is not cancer, but its symptoms are often similar to those of prostate cancer.

Benign tumor
An abnormal growth that is not cancer and does not spread to other areas of the body.

To be in a sad or lonely state due to a loss or death.

Bernstein test
A test to find out if heartburn is caused by acid in the esophagus. The test involves dripping a mild acid, similar to stomach acid, through a tube placed in the esophagus.

Beta blocker
An antihypertensive medication that limits the activity of epinephrine (a hormone that increases blood pressure).


Bile acids
Acids made by the liver that work with bile to break down fats.

Bile ducts
Tubes that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder for storage and to the small intestine for use in digestion.

Biliary atresia
A condition present from birth in which the bile ducts inside or outside the liver do not have normal openings. Bile becomes trapped in the liver, causing jaundice and cirrhosis. Without surgery the condition may cause death.

Biliary stricture
A narrowing of the biliary tract from scar tissue. The scar tissue may result from injury, disease, pancreatitis, infection, or gallstones. See also stricture.

Biliary system
The gallbladder and the bile ducts. Also called biliary system or biliary tree.

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