Human Anatomy and Physiology

What is the function of the gall bladder?

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2017-05-31 06:23:27

The gall bladder stores and concentrates bile from the liver,

and releases into the small intestine (duodenum) to further digest

food there.

The gallbladder stores about 50ml of bile (1.7 US fluid

ounces.), which is released when food containing fat enters the

digestive tract, stimulating the secretion of cholecystokinin

(CCK). The bile, produced in the liver, emulsifies (breaks down)

fats and neutralizes acids in partly digested food.

After being stored in the gallbladder, the bile becomes more

concentrated than when it left the liver, increasing its potency

and intensifying its effect on fats. Most digestion occurs in the

upper intestine, or, the duodenum, where the bile is released.

Small sac that stores bile.


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