- The definition of jaundice is a medical condition where your skin and the whites of your eyes turn yellow as a result of excess bilirubin pigment.
An example of jaundice is when you have liver disease or obstruction of the bile duct and your skin appears yellow.
A newborn baby with jaundice.
- a condition in which the eyeballs, the skin, and the urine become abnormally yellowish as a result of increased amounts of bile pigments in the blood
- popularly a disease causing this condition, as hepatitis
- a bitter or prejudiced state of mind, caused by jealousy, envy, etc.
Origin of jaundiceMiddle English jaundis ; from Old French jaunisse ; from jaune, yellow ; from Classical Latin galbinus, greenish yellow ; from galbus, yellow, probably via Celtic an unverified form galbos ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghel-, yellow
- Yellowish discoloration of the whites of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes caused by deposition of bile salts in these tissues. It occurs as a symptom of various diseases, such as hepatitis, that affect the processing of bile. Also called icterus.
- A state or feeling of negativity or bitterness arising especially from envy or world-weariness.
transitive verbjaun·diced, jaun·dic·ing, jaun·dic·es
- To affect with the discoloration of jaundice.
- To affect with the negativity or bitterness of jaundice. See Synonyms at bias.
Origin of jaundiceMiddle English jaundis, jaunis, from Old French jaunice, yellowness, jaundice, from jaune, jalne, yellow, from Latin galbinus, yellowish.
- (pathology) A morbid condition, characterized by yellowness of the eyes, skin, and urine, whiteness of the feces, constipation, queasiness, loss of appetite, and general languor and lassitude. It is caused usually by obstruction of the biliary passages and consequent damming up, in the liver, of the bile, which is then absorbed into the blood. Other causes include increased hemolysis and any liver disease. The discoloration is caused by accumulation of bilirubin in the body; bilirubin is normally excreted in bile to give feces their normal yellow-brown coloration.
(third-person singular simple present jaundices, present participle jaundicing, simple past and past participle jaundiced)
- To affect with jaundice; to color by prejudice or envy; to prejudice.
- The envy of wealth jaundiced his soul. - Lord Lytton