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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bile  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bile  \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] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bile 
  n  :  a  digestive  juice  secreted  by  the  liver  and  stored  in  the 
  gallbladder;  aids  in  the  digestion  of  fats 




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