Jaundice. Definition

Medical Definition: Jaundice

A condition in which the skin and whites of the eyes or mucous membranes are turning yellow, darkens the color of urine and stool becomes lighter than normal. Jaundice occurs when the liver is not functioning properly or when a bile duct is blocked. The yellow pigment is from bilirubin, a byproduct of old red blood cells. In oncology, jaundice usually reveals a severe liver impairment.

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