jaun·​dice | \ ˈjȯn-dəs How to pronounce jaundice (audio) , ˈjän- \

Definition of jaundice

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

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Examples of jaundice in a Sentence

the jaundice in the eyes of the two feuding neighbors was enough to kill crabgrass
Recent Examples on the Web Pets poisoned by aflatoxin can display symptoms including sluggishness, jaundice -- a yellowish tint in the eyes or gums caused by liver damage -- loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, according to the FDA. Allen Kim, CNN, "FDA issues pet food alert after 28 dogs are reported dead from toxin," 31 Dec. 2020 Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning in pets can include sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (a sign of liver damage) and/or diarrhea, the FDA says. Sara G. Miller, NBC News, "Certain pet foods recalled after reports of 28 dog deaths, FDA warns," 31 Dec. 2020 Symptoms of alfatoxin poisoning in pets include sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice and/or diarrhea. CBS News, "Pet food recalled after deaths of at least 28 dogs," 31 Dec. 2020 Symptoms in rabbits include: lethargy, high fever, seizures, jaundice, bleeding from nose, mouth, or rectum, difficulty breathing, and sudden death. Outdoor Life, "A Deadly Virus Is Spreading Among Wild Rabbits and Hares. Wildlife Agencies Are Calling on Hunters for Help," 21 Dec. 2020 Symptoms can include jaundice, pain and weight loss. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Alex Trebek dead at 80: Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly," 9 Nov. 2020 Symptoms include fever, fatigue, dark urine, vomiting, joint pain and jaundice, among other signs. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Maine restaurant-goers warned of hepatitis A exposure," 4 Nov. 2020 The substance making these little reptiles viridescent is biliverdin, a pigment that triggers jaundice in humans. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "14 Fun Facts About Frightening Animals," 30 Oct. 2020 Their condition is rated with a score that measures oxygen levels, jaundice, blood pressure, kidney function and responsiveness. The Salt Lake Tribune, "With coronavirus cases shattering records, Utah’s hospitals say rationing care will start in next two weeks," 25 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of jaundice

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jaundice

Middle English jawnes, jaundis, from Anglo-French jaunice, galniz, from jaune, gaune yellow, from Latin galbinus greenish yellow

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6 Jan 2021

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“Jaundice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jaundice. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jaundice

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


jaun·​dice | \ ˈjȯn-dəs, ˈjän- How to pronounce jaundice (audio) \

Medical Definition of jaundice

1 : a yellowish pigmentation of the skin, tissues, and certain body fluids caused by the deposition of bile pigments and especially bilirubin 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

2 : any disease or abnormal condition (as hepatitis A or leptospirosis) that is characterized by jaundice

called also icterus

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