vital aqueous secretion of the liver that is formed by hepatocytes and modified down stream by absorptive and secretory properties of the bile duct epithelium. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bile https://doi.org/10.1002/cphy.c120027 ]

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Term information

database cross reference
Subsets

uberon_slim, pheno_slim

definition

vital aqueous secretion of the liver that is formed by hepatocytes and modified down stream by absorptive and secretory properties of the bile duct epithelium.

function notes

many hormones and pheromones are excreted in bile, and contribute to growth and development of the intestine in some species and provide attractants for the weaning of non-human vertebrates

major excretory route for potentially harmful exogenous lipophilic substances

protects the organism from enteric infections by excreting immune globulin A (IgA), inflammatory cytokines, and stimulating the innate immune system in the intestine

bile salts function to emulsify dietary fats and facilitate their intestinal absorption

aids the process of digestion of lipids in the small intestine

elimination of cholesterol

id

UBERON:0001970

taxon notes

In many species, bile is stored in the gallbladder and upon eating is discharged into the duodenum.