Definition of biliverdin in English:

biliverdin

noun

Biochemistry
  • [mass noun] A green pigment excreted in bile. It is an oxidized derivative of bilirubin.

    • ‘This hypothesis is based on the antioxidant qualities of the blue-green eggshell pigment biliverdin and on the differential allocation version of sexual selection proposed by Burley as applied to female signals.’
    • ‘While the carbon monoxide either is carried in the blood in the form of carboxyhemoglobin or is excreted by the lungs, the biliverdin is converted to bilirubin by biliverdin reductase.’
    • ‘This finding implied that the mutants are defective in heme-oxygenase, an enzyme that converts heme into biliverdin.’
    • ‘Her jaundiced skin now shimmered with a light green hue from biliverdin.’
    • ‘Destruction of these cells releases haem from their haemoglobin, which is quickly metabolized in the liver to biliverdin and, in turn, to bilirubin.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin bilis bile + French vert green + -in.

Pronunciation:

biliverdin

/ˌbɪlɪˈvəːdɪn/