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Bilirubin

Synonym(s)

  • conjugated and unconjugated bilirubin
  • total bilirubin

Definition(s)

A bile pigment that is a degradation product of heme.

Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

Substance formed when red blood cells are broken down. Bilirubin is part of the bile, which is made in the liver and is stored in the gallbladder. The abnormal buildup of bilirubin causes jaundice.

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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: December 16, 2014