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icterus

Syllabification: ic·ter·us
Pronunciation: /ˈiktərəs
 
/

Definition of icterus in English:

noun

Medicine
Technical term for jaundice.
Example sentences
  • The laboratory findings confirmed the icterus with a total bilirubin of 18.6 mg/dl (direct bilirubin 12.8 mg/dl).
  • Physical examination revealed scleral icterus and a markedly distended abdomen with hepatomegaly.
  • At autopsy, icterus and anasarca were present.

Origin

early 18th century: via Latin from Greek ikteros. The Latin term denoted jaundice, also a yellowish-green bird (the sight of which was thought to cure jaundice).

Derivatives

icteric

1
Pronunciation: /ikˈterik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The postmortem examination revealed a slightly icteric liver with marked vascular abnormalities and an adenocarcinoma of the common hepatic duct.
  • Only the icteric serum from control patients developed a color (clear pink) change at the end of the assay.
  • Three months later, he was icteric and had a palpable liver edge, but splenomegaly, ascites, and other stigmata of chronic liver disease were absent.

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