intrahepatic bile duct

Pronunciation: (IN-truh-heh-PA-tik bile dukt)

A bile duct that passes through and drains bile from the liver.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Anatomy of the intrahepatic bile ducts. Intrahepatic bile ducts are a network of small tubes that carry bile inside the liver. The smallest ducts, called ductules, come together to form the right hepatic bile duct and the left hepatic bile duct, which drain bile from the liver. Bile is stored in the gallbladder and is released when food is being digested.

Date last modified: 2015-08-31