noun Biochemistry.

a dark-green bile pigment, C33H34O6N4, formed as a breakdown product of hemoglobin and converted in humans to bilirubin.

Origin of biliverdin

< German Biliverdin (1840) < Latin bīli(s) bile + verd- green (as in French verdir to make green; see verdure) + -in -in2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a dark green pigment in the bile formed by the oxidation of bilirubin. Formula: C 33 H 34 O 6 N 4

Word Origin for biliverdin

C19: coined in Swedish, from Latin bīlis bile + Old French verd green + -in
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Medicine definitions for biliverdin


[bĭl′ĭ-vûrdn, bĭlĭ-vûr′-]


A green pigment occurring in bile.
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