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A reddish-yellow bile pigment, C33H36N4O6, derived from the degradation of heme.
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(Physiology) an orange-yellow pigment in the bile formed as a breakdown product of haemoglobin. Excess amounts in the blood produce the yellow appearance associated with jaundice. Formula: C32H36O6N4
[C19: from bile1 + Latin ruber red + -in]
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bil•i•ru•bin(ˈbɪl əˌru bɪn, ˌbɪl əˈru bɪn)
a reddish bile pigment, C33H36O6N4, resulting from the degradation of heme by reticuloendothelial cells in the liver and at a high level in the blood producing the yellow skin symptomatic of jaundice.
[< German Bilirubin (1864)]
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|Noun||1.||bilirubin - an orange-yellow pigment in the bile that forms as a product of hemoglobin; excess amounts in the blood produce the yellow appearance observed in jaundice|
animal pigment - pigment occurring in animals
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