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

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 Officials say severe hepatitis in young children remains rare and urge parents not to panic but be on alert for unusual signs including jaundice - which causes yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes - dark urine and light stool. Frances Stead Sellers And Katie Shepherd, Anchorage Daily News, 7 May 2022 Many of the new hepatitis cases have involved vomiting, but also symptoms that point to liver problems, such as dark urine and jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 6 May 2022 But unlike a typical adenovirus type 41 infection, the children then developed yellowing eyes, enlarged livers, jaundice, elevated liver enzymes, and one child developed encephalopathy. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 29 Apr. 2022 Early signs include jaundice, constipation, weak muscle tone, swelling around the eyes, swollen tongue, hoarse-sounding cry and delayed growth. jsonline.com, 29 Apr. 2022 These initial symptoms were followed by jaundice, with the skin turning yellow, and then the sclera, or white, of the eyes subsequently turning yellow. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 28 Apr. 2022 In particular, yellowing of the eyes and skin, also known as jaundice, indicates sickness in the liver. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2022 In particular, yellowing of the eyes and skin, also known as jaundice, indicates sickness in the liver. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2022 One is jaundice, which is noticeable by yellowing in the whites of the eyes. Alex Janin, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Jaundice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jaundice. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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