bilirubin etymology

English word bilirubin comes from German Bilirubin ((biochemistry) bilirubin.)

Detailed word origin of bilirubin

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Bilirubin German (deu) (biochemistry) bilirubin.
bilirubin English (eng) (biochemistry) A bile pigment that is a product of the breakdown of the heme portion of hemoglobin (which occurs within macrophages as they digest red blood cells), and which is responsible for the yellowish color seen in bruises. Extremely high levels of bilirubin may cause jaundice.