Definition of biliverdin in English:


Syllabification: bil·i·ver·din
Pronunciation: /ˌbiləˈvərdn, ˈbiliˌvərdn


  • A green pigment excreted in bile. It is an oxidized derivative of bilirubin.
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    • 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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