Meeting With The Gall Bladder

Bile is secreted continuously, day and night, into the right and left hepatic (heh-PAT-ik) or ''liver'' ducts. These ducts carry the bile into the cystic (SIS-tik) duct. Cyst means ''bladder'' or ''sac,'' while chole (KOH-lee) is Latin for ''bile or gall.'' Hence, the compound word, cholecyst (KOH-luh-sist), translates into English as ''gall bladder'' or ''bile sac.''

The cholecyst (gall bladder) is a muscular-walled sac that receives bile from the liver and stores it temporarily. When the duodenum becomes swollen with fatty chyme, a hormone is released that stimulates the walls of the gall bladder to contract. A load of bile is squirted out of the cholecyst, much like a slug of brownish-green pea soup or gravy being squeezed out of a rubber balloon.

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The bile squirts into the cystic duct, and then into the common bile duct, which carries it the rest of the way down into the duodenum. Here, then, the bile triggers the emulsification of fat.

To capsulize the information on bile, remember THE WONDERFUL LIVER BILE-BLADDER RULE:

"Bile is continuously produced and secreted by the liver, but is then temporarily stored and released into the duodenum by the cholecyst (gall bladder).'

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