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Jaundice is the yellowish discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes and
the whites of the eyes (sclerae) caused by elevated levels of bilirubin in the
blood (hyperbilirubinemia). The term jaundice is derived from the French word
jaune, which means yellow.
Jaundice is not technically a disease, but
rather it is a visible sign of an underlying condition causing increased levels
of bilirubin in the blood.