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a combining form meaning “bile,” “gall,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
indicating bile or gall: cholesterol

chole- or chol- or cholo-
Bile: choleperitoneum.


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  • Cholecalciferol

    [koh-luh-kal-sif-uh-rawl, -rol, kol-uh-] /ˌkoʊ lə kælˈsɪf əˌrɔl, -ˌrɒl, ˌkɒl ə-/ noun 1. . /ˌkəʊlɪkælˈsɪfəˌrɒl/ noun 1. a compound occurring naturally in fish-liver oils, used to treat rickets. Formula: C27H44O Also vitamin D3 See also calciferol cholecalciferol cho·le·cal·cif·er·ol (kō’lĭ-kāl-sĭf’ə-rôl’, -rōl’) n. See vitamin D3. cholecalciferol (kō’lĭ-kāl-sĭf’ə-rôl’, -rōl’) See vitamin D3.

  • Cholecyst

    [koh-luh-sist, kol-uh-] /ˈkoʊ ləˌsɪst, ˈkɒl ə-/ noun, Anatomy. 1. . /ˈkɒlɪsɪst/ noun 1. (rare) another name for gall bladder n. “gall bladder,” 1846, from medical Latin cholecystis, incorrectly formed from Greek khole “gall” (see cholera) + kystis “bladder, cyst” (see cyst). Related: Cholecystectomy. cholecyst cho·le·cyst (kō’lĭ-sĭst’) n. See gallbladder.

  • Cholecystagogic

    cholecystagogic cho·le·cys·ta·gog·ic (kō’lĭ-sĭs’tə-gŏj’ĭk) adj. Stimulating activity of the gallbladder.

  • Cholecystagogue

    cholecystagogue cho·le·cys·ta·gogue (kō’lĭ-sĭs’tə-gôg’) n. A substance that stimulates the activity of the gallbladder.

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