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What Is the Common Bile Duct?

Reviewed on 1/11/2021

The common bile duct carries bile from the liver and gallbladder into the intestines to break down food for digestion.
The common bile duct carries bile from the liver and gallbladder into the intestines to break down food for digestion.

The common bile duct is a tube that carries bile from the liver and the gallbladder through the pancreas and into the upper part of the small intestine (the duodenum). It is part of the biliary duct system and is formed where the cystic duct, gallbladder, and the common hepatic duct from the liver are joined. 

What Is the Function of the Common Bile Duct?

The common bile is a part of the biliary system, which consists of the organs and ducts involved in the production and transportation of bile.

The biliary system's main functions include:

  • Draining waste products from the liver into the duodenum
  • Aiding in digestion with the controlled release of bile

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Reviewed on 1/11/2021
References
https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/common-bile-duct

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/biliary-system-anatomy-and-functions
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