Relating to or denoting the circulation of bile salts and other secretions from the liver to the intestine, where they are reabsorbed into the blood and returned to the liver.
- Bile salts are retrieved from the gut by the terminal ileum, and this enterohepatic circulation is essential for maintenance of the bile salt pool.
- A portion of conjugated and unconjugated steroids also passes into bile, some of which may be reabsorbed via enterohepatic circulation.
- One proposed mechanism is interruption of the enterohepatic circulation of estrogen as a result of reduced bacterial hydrolysis in the gastrointestinal tract.
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