Definition of jaundice in English:

jaundice

Syllabification: jaun·dice
Pronunciation: /ˈjôndis
 
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noun

  • 1A medical condition with yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, arising from excess of the pigment bilirubin and typically caused by obstruction of the bile duct, by liver disease, or by excessive breakdown of red blood cells.
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    • In prehepatic jaundice, excess unconjugated bilirubin is produced faster than the liver is able to conjugate it for excretion.
    • Eight weeks after starting she developed nausea and weakness quickly followed by yellow jaundice and evidence of liver involvement.
    • If untreated, jaundice can lead to infection and abscesses in the liver, which can be fatal.
  • 1.1Bitterness, resentment, or envy.
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    • Jaundice connotes bitterness or resentment. Of what is she bitter or resentful? What bitterness or resentment might she be urging upon us?
    • Already the jaundice of cynicism and the jaded bitterness of innocence lost cast their hue over my narrative.

Origin

Middle English jaunes, from Old French jaunice 'yellowness', from jaune 'yellow'. The sense 'bitterness' (late 16th century) arose from the traditional association of the color yellow with jealousy.

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