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  Bile



Bile

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

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Liver
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.

Gallbladder
The storage sac for bile, located below the liver.

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

Fats
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.



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Bile

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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