jaun·​dice | \ˈjȯn-dəs, 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

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Hepatitis A is an acute viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver, resulting in symptoms such as fatigue, appetite loss, nausea, stomach pain and jaundice, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Tennessee Is Just the Latest State to Report a Hepatitis A Outbreak. Here's What to Know," 30 May 2018 Studying green-blooded lizards could lead to new treatments for jaundice, or even malaria. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Green-Blooded Lizards Live With a Pigment That Should Kill Them," 20 May 2018 Briscoe points out that studying the creatures could lead to new treatments for diseases like jaundice and malaria. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "These Lizards Evolved Toxic Green Blood," 17 May 2018 The woman, named only as Sunita, 38, visited the hospital after suffering with severe abdominal pain, fever, vomiting and episodes of jaundice for six months. Fox News, "Surgeons pull 14 roundworms from woman's bile duct," 2 May 2018 The most common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and jaundice, or yellowing of the skin or eyes. Ellie Kaufman, CNN, "Kentucky, Indiana latest states to report hepatitis A outbreaks," 1 May 2018 Cal suffered profound brain damage when his jaundice at birth was overlooked by the hospital. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "With a documentary on medical errors, a son carries on his physician father's legacy," 1 May 2018 Just as Reb Berish began to recite the Thirteen Principles of Faith, Melnik entered the room: a little man whose face was yellowed as if by jaundice and whose head bore only a few stray strands of black and gray hair. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "The Boarder," 30 Apr. 2018 The disease attacks the liver and causes symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, fever and jaundice. Detroit Free Press, "Michigan health departments get money to fight hepatitis A," 1 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of jaundice

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


jaun·​dice | \ˈjȯn-dəs, ˈjän- \

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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obstinately defiant of authority

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