One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A medical condition with yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, arising from excess of the pigment bilirubin and typically caused by obstruction of the bile duct, by liver disease, or by excessive breakdown of red blood cells.
bias, influence, sway, predispose, make biased, make partial, make partisan, colour, poison, jaundice, warp, twist, slant, distortView synonyms
- ‘In prehepatic jaundice, excess unconjugated bilirubin is produced faster than the liver is able to conjugate it for excretion.’
- ‘If untreated, jaundice can lead to infection and abscesses in the liver, which can be fatal.’
- ‘Eight weeks after starting she developed nausea and weakness quickly followed by yellow jaundice and evidence of liver involvement.’
- ‘Premature babies have especially immature livers, making jaundice more likely.’
- ‘Babies with jaundice have a yellow color to the skin and eyes.’
- 1.1 Bitterness, resentment, or envy.
bitterness, indignation, irritation, pique, displeasure, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, discontentment, discontent, resentfulness, bad feelings, hard feelings, ill feelings, acrimony, rancour, animosity, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, enmity, hatred, hateView synonyms
- ‘Already the jaundice of cynicism and the jaded bitterness of innocence lost cast their hue over my narrative.’
- ‘Jaundice connotes bitterness or resentment. Of what is she bitter or resentful? What bitterness or resentment might she be urging upon us?’
Middle English jaunes, from Old French jaunice ‘yellowness’, from jaune ‘yellow’.
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