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She had her gallbladder removed.
  a small non-vital organ that aids digestion
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The gallbladder is a muscular sac attached to the liver that stores bile (secreted by the liver) until it is needed for digestion of fats.
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  • She had her gallbladder removed.
  • They took out his gallbladder and left kidney about a year ago.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • "You still have your gallbladder, don’t you?"
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • As part of the surgery, Dr. Zeh removed not only the tumor, but my gallbladder, a third of my pancreas, a third of my stomach, and several feet of my small intestine.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture

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  • I accidentally broke a gallbladder, spilling a thin yellow bile that I then had to carefully rinse off the carcass.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • He died before the twins were born—on the operating table, while his gallbladder was being removed.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Which was flat on my back, with Christian’s hand moving over my side, showing me where you made the incision to remove a gallbladder—something that, in person, was far more exciting than it sounds.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • If you have to choose an organ, why not pick a gallbladder or a thymus gland instead?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • LATE ON A TUESDAY EVENING, I watched Ghosh in Operating Theater 3 as he removed a gallbladder.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • An enormous gallbladder, perhaps.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things

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  • As the innards spilled out onto the stainless steel counter, he named the parts: gullet, gizzard, gallbladder (which you must be careful not to pierce), liver, heart, lungs, and intestines (have to be careful here again).
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Excess bile is stored in the gallbladder, which is nothing more than a balloonlike offshoot of the bile duct.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • In keeping with the liver’s chaste and understated demeanor, the gallbladder is tucked out of sight, just under the overhang of the liver.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The first step was to remove Shiva’s gallbladder.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • "I’m doing that gallbladder in the next room.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
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Associated words [difficulty]:   gallbladder [7] , gall [2] , pancreas [6] , gastrointestinal tract [9]
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