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A pear-shaped organ just below the liver that stores the bile secreted by the liver. During a fatty meal, the gallbladder contracts, delivering the bile through the bile ducts into the intestines to help with digestion. Abnormal composition of bile leads to formation of gallstones, a process termed cholelithiasis. The gallstones cause cholecystitis, inflammation of the gallbladder.

Common Misspellings: gallblader, gallblatter, galbladder, gallbadder

glossary/gallbladder.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/16 14:40 (external edit)