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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ko'les-ta'se-a

Definition: An arrest in the flow of bile; cholestasia due to obstruction of bile ducts is accompanied by formation of plugs of inspissated bile in the small ducts, canaliculi in the liver, and elevation of serum direct bilirubin and some enzymes.

Synonym(s): cholestasis

[chole- + G. stasis, a standing still]

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