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

< German Biliverdin (1840) < Latin bīli(s) bile + verd- green (as in French verdir to make green; see verdure) + -in -in2
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Historical Examples of biliverdin

  • It may assume a greenish hue after standing, owing to oxidation of bilirubin into biliverdin.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis

    James Campbell Todd

  • Haematoporphyrin and biliverdin also occur in the egg-shells of certain birds, but in this case they are derived from haemoglobin.

British Dictionary definitions for biliverdin


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

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


(bĭl′ĭ-vûrdn, bĭlĭ-vûr′-)
  1. A green pigment occurring in bile.
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