Bile: A digestive fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. It is needed for proper digestion of fats. Bile is re-absorbed in the small intestine and recycled back to the liver.


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Bile is fluid made by the liver that carries toxins and waste products out of the body and helps the body digest fats and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.

Source: NIDDK (NIH)2

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Bile: An emulsifying agent produced in the Liver and secreted into the Duodenum. Its composition includes Bile Acids And Salts; Cholesterol; and Electrolytes. It aids Digestion of fats in the duodenum.3

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Bile Salt: A bile acid compounded with a cation, often sodium. The most common human bile salts are sodium glycocholate and sodium taurocholate.4

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  1. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): cms/ cegir/ Learn-More/ Glossary
  2. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ liver-disease/ alagille-syndrome
  3. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  4. Source: NCI Thesaurus
  5. ibid.

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