What is the biliary system?

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The biliary system, or biliary tract, includes the liver, gallbladder and ducts that are all involved in the creation, concentration, storage and ultimately the release into the intestine of bile.

Bile is a digestive fluid that is especially important in digesting fats. Your liver produces bile and releases it into the gallbladder, which concentrates the bile and stores it. Then, when you consume a fatty meal, your gallbladder releases just the right amount of bile into your intestine to help digest the food you just ate.

The biliary system is the organs and ducts that make and store bile (a fluid made by the liver that helps digest fat), and release it into the small intestine. The biliary system includes the gallbladder and bile ducts inside and outside the liver. Also called biliary tract.

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

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