Definitions for icterusˈɪk tər əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ic•ter•usˈɪk tər əs(n.)

  1. Category: Pathology

    Ref: jaundice (def. 1). 1

Origin of icterus:

1700–10; < L < Gk

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jaundice, icterus(noun)

    yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by an accumulation of bile pigment (bilirubin) in the blood; can be a symptom of gallstones or liver infection or anemia

  2. Icterus, genus Icterus(noun)

    type genus of the Icteridae

Wiktionary

  1. icterus(Noun)

    An excess of bile pigments in the blood; jaundice

Webster Dictionary

  1. Icterus(adj)

    the jaundice

Freebase

  1. Jaundice

    Jaundice is a yellowish pigmentation of the skin, the conjunctival membranes over the sclerae, and other mucous membranes caused by hyperbilirubinemia. This hyperbilirubinemia subsequently causes increased levels of bilirubin in the extracellular fluid. Concentration of bilirubin in blood plasma is normally below 1.2 mg/dL. A concentration higher than approx. 3 mg/dL leads to jaundice. The term jaundice comes from the French word jaune, meaning yellow. Jaundice is often seen in liver disease such as hepatitis or liver cancer. It may also indicate leptospirosis or obstruction of the biliary tract, for example by gallstones or pancreatic cancer, or less commonly be congenital in origin. Yellow discoloration of the skin, especially on the palms and the soles, but not of the sclera and mucous membranes is due to carotenemia—a harmless condition important to differentiate from jaundice.

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