Histology Guide

virtual histology laboratory

Chapter 15 - Liver and Gallbladder

The liver is an accessory digestive gland with many functions. The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver before release into the small intestine.

Fig 004 Liver and Gallbladder


The liver has a variety of functions: glucose and lipid metabolism; synthesis of plasma proteins and lipoproteins; detoxification of drugs, metabolites, and xenobiotics; and the production of bile.

MH 126b Liver

MHS 206 Liver

Bile Canaliculi

Bile canaliculi are thin tubes that collect bile secreted by hepatocytes.

MH 127 Liver


MHS 249 Liver



Glycogen is a multibranched polysaccharide of glucose that represents the main storage of glucose in body. Glycogen is made and stored primarily in the cells of the liver and skeletal muscle.

MH 128 Liver

(periodic-acid Schiff's stain)

Kupffer Cells

Kupffer cells are the macrophages attached to endothelial cells of the liver.

MH 031 Liver

(trypan blue uptake)

Liver Fetal

The liver is the site of blood formation (hematopoiesis) in the fetus.

MH 125 Liver Fetal


The gallbladder is a small pouch tha stores bile produced by the liver and concentrates it before release into the small intestine.

MH 130a Gallbladder

MH 130b Gallbladder

MHS 261 Common Bile Duct