jaundice

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noun jaun·dice \ˈjȯn-dəs, ˈjän-\

Definition of jaundice

  1. 1 :  yellowish pigmentation of the skin, tissues, and body fluids caused by the deposition of bile pigments

  2. 2 :  a disease or abnormal condition characterized by jaundice

  3. 3 :  a state or attitude characterized by satiety, distaste, or hostility

Examples of jaundice in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of jaundice

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


JAUNDICE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of jaundice for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

jaundice

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noun jaun·dice \ˈjȯn-dəs, ˈjän-\

Medical Definition of jaundice

  1. 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. 2:  any disease or abnormal condition (as hepatitis A or leptospirosis) that is characterized by jaundice—called also icterus



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