Definition of biliverdin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbiləˈvərdn/ Pronunciation: /ˈbiliˌvərdn/


A green pigment excreted in bile. It is an oxidized derivative of bilirubin.
Example sentences
  • While the carbon monoxide either is carried in the blood in the form of carboxyhemoglobin or is excreted by the lungs, the biliverdin is converted to bilirubin by biliverdin reductase.
  • This finding implied that the mutants are defective in heme-oxygenase, an enzyme that converts heme into biliverdin.
  • This hypothesis is based on the antioxidant qualities of the blue-green eggshell pigment biliverdin and on the differential allocation version of sexual selection proposed by Burley as applied to female signals.

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Syllabification: bil·i·ver·din

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