- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Middle 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
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- 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.
- To affect with the discoloration of jaundice.
- To affect with the negativity or bitterness of jaundice. See Synonyms at bias.
Origin: Middle English jaundis, jaunis, from Old French jaunice, yellowness, jaundice, from jaune, jalne, yellow, from Latin galbinus, yellowish.
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