noun \ˈjn-dəs, ˈjän-\

medical : a disease that causes a person's skin to turn yellow

Full Definition of JAUNDICE

:  yellowish pigmentation of the skin, tissues, and body fluids caused by the deposition of bile pigments
:  a disease or abnormal condition characterized by jaundice
:  a state or attitude characterized by satiety, distaste, or hostility

Examples of JAUNDICE

  1. <the jaundice in the eyes of the two feuding neighbors was enough to kill crabgrass>

Origin of JAUNDICE

Middle English jawnes, jaundis, from Anglo-French jaunice, galniz, from jaune, gaune yellow, from Latin galbinus greenish yellow
First Known Use: 14th century

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noun \ˈjn-dəs, ˈjän-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of JAUNDICE

: a yellowish pigmentation of the skin, tissues, and certain body fluids caused by the deposition of bile pigments that follows interference with normal production and discharge of bile (as in certain liver diseases) or excessive breakdown of red blood cells (as after internal hemorrhage or in various hemolytic states)—called also icterus
: any disease or abnormal condition (as hepatitis A or leptospirosis) that is characterized by jaundice—called also icterus


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Excess bile pigments (bilirubin) in the bloodstream and tissues, causing a yellow to orange—even greenish—colour in the skin, the whites of the eyes, and the mucous membranes. Bilirubin may be overproduced or inadequately removed by the liver or leak into the bloodstream after removal; jaundice may also be due to impaired bile flow. Causes include anemia, pneumonia, and liver disorders (e.g., infection or cirrhosis). While bilirubin excess usually does no harm, retention jaundice signals severe liver malfunction.


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