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From New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-, not) + χολή (kholḗ, bile).


acholia (uncountable)

  1. (medicine, pathology) Deficiency or absence of bile.
    • 1875, Geoorge H. Humphreys, Charles E. Hackley (translators), Felix von Niemeyer, A Text-book of Practical Medicine, with Particular Reference to Physiology and Pathological Anatomy, page 692,
      The intensely bilious color of the liver shows that the discoloration of the contents of the intestines is not due to arrested production of bile, that is to acholia.
    • 1884, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 2, page 320,
      This then illustrates acholia in the literal sense of the word, and explains the absence of icterus in spite of the complete obliteration of the ductus communis choledochus.
    • 2012, Carmen Gallego Herrera, Enrique Medina Benítez, Case 1: Percutaneous Ultrasound-guided Liver Biopsy, María I. Martínez-León, Antonio Martínez-Valverde, Luisa Ceres-Ruiz (editors), Imaging for Pediatricians: 100 Key Cases, page 163,
      A 1-month 3-week-old infant with a history of neonatal jaundice, cholestasis, and acholia is admitted to our hospital to rule out biliary atresia and further treatment.



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