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biliverdin Line breaks: bili|ver¦din
Pronunciation: /ˌbɪlɪˈvəːdɪn/

Definition of biliverdin in English:


[mass noun] Biochemistry
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.


Mid 19th century: from Latin bilis 'bile' + French vert 'green' + -in1.

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