[ik-ter-uh s]

noun Pathology.

Origin of icterus

1700–10; < Latin < Greek íkteros jaundice, a yellow bird said to cure jaundice when seen
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pathol another name for jaundice
a yellowing of plant leaves, caused by excessive cold or moisture
Derived Formsicteric (ɪkˈtɛrɪk), adjective

Word Origin for icterus

C18: from Latin: yellow bird, the sight of which reputedly cured jaundice, from Greek ikteros
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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.

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