Bilirubin meaning

bĭlĭ-ro͝obĭn, bĭlĭ-ro͝o-
A reddish-yellow bile pigment, C33 H36 N4 O6 , derived from the degradation of heme.
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The yellowish-red chief pigment, C33H36N4O6, of human bile, derived from biliverdin and found in small quantities in blood and urine: high concentrations change the color of blood and urine and result in jaundice.
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A reddish-yellow bile pigment, C33 H36 N4 O6 , derived from the degradation of heme.
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A reddish-yellow pigment that is a constituent of bile and gives it its color. Bilirubin is a porphyrin derived from the degradation of heme. It is often a constituent of gallstones, and also causes the skin discoloration seen in jaundice. Chemical formula: C33H36N4O6.
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(biochemistry) A bile pigment that is product of the breakdown of the heme portion of hemoglobin (which occurs within macrophages as they digest red blood cells), extremely high levels of which cause jaundice.
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Origin of bilirubin

  • Latin bīlis bile ruber red reudh- in Indo-European roots –in

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition