bile salt


noun Physiology.

  1. a product of a bile acid and a base, functioning as an emulsifier of lipids and fatty acids for absorption in the duodenum.

n.

  1. Any of the sodium salts of the bile acids, such as taurocholate and glycocholate, occurring in bile.
  2. A mixture, such as a commercial preparation derived from the bile of the ox, that is used medicinally as a hepatic stimulant or laxative.

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