One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- technical term for jaundice
- ‘Physical examination revealed scleral icterus and a markedly distended abdomen with hepatomegaly.’
- ‘At autopsy, icterus and anasarca were present.’
- ‘The main findings on physical examination were icteric sclerae and mild skin icterus as well as dark blood in the rectal ampulla.’
- ‘The laboratory findings confirmed the icterus with a total bilirubin of 18.6 mg/dl (direct bilirubin 12.8 mg/dl).’
- ‘Physical examination revealed normal growth and vital signs, no icterus, lymphadenopathy, ascites, splenomegaly, or other systemic abnormal findings.’
Early 18th century: via Latin from Greek ikteros. The Latin term denoted jaundice, also a yellowish-green bird (the sight of which was thought to cure jaundice).
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