bilious

[ bil-yuhs ]
/ ˈbɪl yəs /

adjective

Physiology, Pathology. pertaining to bile or to an excess secretion of bile.
Pathology. suffering from, caused by, or attended by trouble with the bile or liver.
peevish; irritable; cranky.
extremely unpleasant or distasteful: a long scarf of bright, bilious green.

Origin of bilious

From the Latin word bīliōsus, dating back to 1535–45. See bile, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for biliousness

bilious

/ (ˈbɪlɪəs) /

adjective

of or relating to bile
affected with or denoting any disorder related to excess secretion of bile
informal (esp of colours) extremely distasteful; nauseatinga bilious green
informal bad-tempered; irritable

Derived Forms

biliousness, noun

Word Origin for bilious

C16: from Latin bīliōsus full of bile 1
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Medicine definitions for biliousness

bilious

[ bĭlyəs ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or containing bile; biliary.
Characterized by an excess secretion of bile.
Relating to, characterized by, or experiencing gastric distress caused by a disorder of the liver or gallbladder.

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