[ jawn-dis, jahn- ]
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  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. to distort or prejudice, as by envy or resentment: His social position jaundiced his view of things.

Origin of jaundice

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English jaundis, from Old French jaunisse, from jaune “yellow” (from Latin galbinus “greenish-yellow”) + -isse -ice

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How to use jaundice in a sentence

  • If it is looked upon by one who has the yellow jaundice, the bird straightway dies, but the sick person becomes well instantly.

    The O'Ruddy | Stephen Crane
  • One of the most prominent symptoms of jaundice is the depression which accompanies that malady.

British Dictionary definitions for jaundice


/ (ˈdʒɔːndɪs) /

  1. 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

  2. a mental state of bitterness, jealousy, and ill humour resulting in distorted judgment

  1. to distort (the judgment, etc) adversely: jealousy had jaundiced his mind

  2. to affect with or as if with jaundice

Origin of jaundice

C14: from Old French jaunisse, from jaune yellow, from Latin galbinus yellowish, from galbus

Derived forms of jaundice

  • jaundiced, adjective

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Scientific definitions for jaundice


[ jôndĭs ]

  1. 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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Cultural definitions for jaundice


[ (jawn-dis) ]

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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