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Meaning of JAUNDICE

Pronunciation:  'jondis

 
Matching Terms:  jaundice of the newborn, jaundiced

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 Definition: 
  1. Symptom of liver damage, bile obstruction or excessive red-blood-cell destruction. Jaundice is characterized by yellowing of the whites of the eyes, yellow skin, dark urine and light stool.
  2. Neonatal jaundice appearing the first month of life, of which by far the commonest cause is physiological immaturity of the liver, which metabolises bilirubin.
  3. Obstructive jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes (sclerae), caused by excessive amounts of the breakdown product bilirubin, because of blockage of the pathways draining bile from the liver.
 
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