\bˈa͡ɪl ˈasɪdz], \bˈaɪl ˈasɪdz], \b_ˈaɪ_l ˈa_s_ɪ_d_z]\
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Steroid acids and salts. The primary bile acids are derived from cholesterol in the liver and usually conjugated with glycine or taurine. The secondary bile acids are further modified by bacteria in the intestine. They play an important role in the digestion and absorption of fat. They have also been used pharmacologically, especially in the treatment of gallstones.
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