what is bile juice?

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You all are correct. Bile juice is a digestive juice produced by liver. It helps in the digestion of lipids in small intestine.

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Bile juice is a  bitter, alkaline, brownish-yellow or greenish-yellow fluid that is secreted by the liver, stored in the gallbladder, and discharged into the duodenum and aids in the emulsification, digestion, and absorption of fats. It is also called gall.

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 Bile or gall is a bitter-tasting, dark green to yellowish brown fluid, produced by the liver of most vertebrates, that aids the process of digestion of lipids in the small intestine. In many species, bile is stored in the gallbladder and upon eating is discharged into the duodenum. Bile is a composition of the following materials: water (85%), bile salts (10%), mucus and pigments (3%), fats (1%), inorganic salts (0.7%) and cholesterin (0.3%).

In the medical theories prevalent in the West from Classical Antiquity up to the Middle Ages, the body's health depended on the equilibrium between four "humors" or vital fluids: bloodphlegm, "yellow bile" (or ichor) and "black bile". Excesses of the last two humors were supposed to produce aggression and depression, respectively; and the Greek names for them gave rise to the English words "cholera" and "melancholia". Those same theories explain the derivation of the English word "bilious" from "bile", and the meaning of "gall" in English as "exasperation" or "impudence".

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Thank u mam ....

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thnx ! it was helpful

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thnx mam

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I would like to suggest some more function of bile juice.It also helps in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins( A, D,E,K) from intestine.Besides, bile helps in the digestion process in the duodenum by making the medium alkaline there. Otherwise the enzymes would have been ineffective in the duodenum and below. Because the food in the stomach is being digested in stomach in acidic medium.

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