jaundice

noun
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

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Symptoms of the disease include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "State recommends hepatitis A vaccine for all food workers," 27 Aug. 2019 The procedure, called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, is used to diagnose and treat diseases of the pancreas, bile duct and gallbladder, such as life-threatening jaundice, tumors, blocked bile ducts and stones. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "These Medical Devices Are Inserted Into 500,000 Patients Each Year — but Are Tough to Sterilize," 6 Aug. 2019 The symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, diarrhea, joint pain and jaundice. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Watch what you touch, wash your hands, and other things to know about the alarming spread of hepatitis A," 17 July 2019 The contagious illness can cause vomiting, nausea and jaundice. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "As homeless are suffering, risk of hepatitis, typhus and other diseases is growing," 18 June 2019 Symptoms include issues such as fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and jaundice, the statement noted. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "On National Doughnut Day, some Dunkin' Donuts customers warned of hepatitis A infection," 7 June 2019 While her baby was in another room being treated for low body temperature and jaundice, Cotterell underwent a cholecystectomy. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 18 Apr. 2019 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most patients experience fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Hepatitis A outbreak in Massachusetts kills 1, sickens 64 others," 25 Sep. 2018 However, the couple knew adopting a bigger cat meant Meatloaf had some health problems such as jaundice and liver issues from being overfed. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "30 lb cat adopted by Iraq war veteran as therapy pet dies weeks later," 12 Sep. 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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jaundice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jaundice

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

jaundice

noun
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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