Alternative names: Biliary tract; Bile tract
The biliary system creates, moves, stores, and releases bile into the duodenum. This helps the body digest food. It also assists in transporting waste products from the liver to the duodenum.
The biliary system includes:
- The gallbladder
- Bile ducts and certain cells inside the liver
- Bile ducts outside the liver
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