Definition of bilirubin in English:


Line breaks: bili|ru¦bin
Pronunciation: /ˌbɪlɪˈruːbɪn


[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • An orange-yellow pigment formed in the liver by the breakdown of haemoglobin and excreted in bile.
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    • Normally, the liver processes this bilirubin and excretes it into the bowel through the bile duct.
    • The liver plays an essential role in the metabolism of bilirubin and the excretion of its metabolites into the bile.
    • A healthy liver filters bilirubin, a breakdown product of old red blood cells.


late 19th century: coined in German from Latin bilis 'bile' + ruber 'red' + -in1.

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