What is bile?

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Bile is a digestive fluid that is made in your liver. Your liver releases bile into your gallbladder, a small, pear-shaped organ located just below your liver in the upper right side of your abdomen. Your gallbladder concentrates and stores the bile until it is needed for digestion. When you eat a meal, your gallbladder releases just enough bile into your intestine to break down the food you consumed.

Bile is especially important in the digestion of fat. It acts similarly to the way soap breaks down oil to clean clothes or dishes. Your body is about 70 percent water, and oil (fat) and water don't mix. In your digestive tract, bile acts like a soap to break down the fat inside your watery intestine, aiding in digestion.
Bile is a yellowish fluid produced by your liver and stored in your gallbladder. It helps your body digest food. When you eat a meal, your gallbladder contracts and releases bile into a duct that carries it to your small intestine to help with the digestion of fats. Bile is composed of cholesterol, water, pigments, lecithin and salts (electrolytes), including calcium.
John A. Chabot
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Bile is an alkaline (basic) fluid secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder between meals. Upon eating, bile is discharged into the duodenum where it aids in the digestion of fats.

Bile is a fluid made by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile is excreted into the small intestine, where it helps digest fat.\

This answer is based on source information from National Cancer Institute.

Bile is a liquid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder that aids in the digestion of lipids and transports waste. Bile normally drains from the liver through a number of bile ducts to the duodenum and eventually back to the bile ducts and liver.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Bile is a green liquid material made by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. It surrounds and emulsifies the fat you gobbled down at last night's dinner. After having a pleasant visit in your stomach, food moves into the small intestine and mixes with green bile, which makes fat soluble in water so you can digest food more efficiently.
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