[jawn-dis, jahn-]


Also called icterus. Pathology. yellow discoloration of the skin, whites of the eyes, etc., due to an increase of bile pigments in the blood, often symptomatic of certain diseases, as hepatitis.Compare physiologic jaundice.
a state of feeling in which views are prejudiced or judgment is distorted, as by envy or resentment.

verb (used with object), jaun·diced, jaun·dic·ing.

to distort or prejudice, as by envy or resentment: His social position jaundiced his view of things.

Origin of jaundice

1275–1325; Middle English jaundis < Old French jaunisse, equivalent to jaune yellow (< Latin galbinus greenish-yellow) + -isse -ice
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Historical Examples of jaundice

  • Any one of them would give me the jaundice in a week, if it were hung in our drawing-room.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • Let it not be supposed that I make this statement in jaundice or malice.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • You were all licked there, or you died of the ague, or jaundice?


    Charles James Lever

  • He has an attack of the jaundice, and will, I think, start home to-morrow.

  • They also suffer from internal chills, liver, and very often jaundice.

British Dictionary definitions for jaundice



Also called: icterus yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes due to the abnormal presence of bile pigments in the blood, as in hepatitis
a mental state of bitterness, jealousy, and ill humour resulting in distorted judgment


to distort (the judgment, etc) adverselyjealousy had jaundiced his mind
to affect with or as if with jaundice
Derived Formsjaundiced, adjective

Word Origin for jaundice

C14: from Old French jaunisse, from jaune yellow, from Latin galbinus yellowish, from galbus
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Word Origin and History for jaundice

c.1300, jaunis, from Old French jaunice, earlier jalnice, "yellowness" (12c.), from jaune "yellow," from Latin galbinus "greenish yellow," probably from PIE *ghel- "yellow, green" (see Chloe).

With intrusive -d- (cf. gender, astound, thunder). Figurative meaning "feeling in which views are colored or distorted" first recorded 1620s, from yellow's association with bitterness and envy (see yellow). As a verb, from 1791, but usually in figurative use. Related: Jaundiced.

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Medicine definitions for jaundice


[jôndĭs, jän-]


Yellowish discoloration of the whites of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes caused by deposition of bile salts in these tissues, occurring as a symptom of various diseases, such as hepatitis, that affect the processing of bile.icterus
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Science definitions for jaundice



Yellowish discoloration of the whites of the eyes, skin, or mucous membranes caused by the deposition of bile salts in these tissues, occurring as a sign of disorders that interfere with normal metabolism or transport of bile. Liver diseases such as hepatitis commonly cause jaundice.
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Culture definitions for jaundice



A condition in which the skin, the whites of the eye, and other tissues take on a yellowish color because of an excess of bile coloring in the blood.

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