Origin of icterus
1700–10; < Latin < Greek íkteros jaundice, a yellow bird said to cure jaundice when seen
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Examples from the Web for icterus
Icterus and a swollen abdomen—the rest was essentially normal.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
Icterus phœniceus (red-winged blackbird), Umbazookskus River.The Maine Woods
Henry David Thoreau
But, on the contrary, icterus has rarely been noted in scurvy.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
Icterus, symptomatic of the affection, has not been observed.
As the gastric symptoms improve there is no change in the icterus, which continues for some days or weeks longer.
- pathol another name for jaundice
- a yellowing of plant leaves, caused by excessive cold or moisture
C18: from Latin: yellow bird, the sight of which reputedly cured jaundice, from Greek ikteros
Word Origin and History for icterus
1706, medical Latin, from Greek ikteros "jaundice," also the name of a yellowish bird the sight of which was supposed, by sympathetic magic, to cure jaundice. As a zoological genus, from 1713.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper