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Yellow \Yel"low\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yellowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Yellowing.] To make yellow; to cause to have a yellow tinge or color; to dye yellow. [1913 Webster]
Yellowing \Yel"low*ing\, n. The act or process of making yellow. [1913 Webster] Softened . . . by the yellowing which time has given. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

English

Verb

yellowing
  1. present participle of yellow
Jaundice, also known as icterus (attributive adjective: "icteric"), is yellowish discoloration of the skin, sclerae (whites of the eyes) and mucous membranes caused by hyperbilirubinemia (increased levels of bilirubin in the blood). This hyperbilirubinemia subsequently causes increased levels of bilirubin in the extracellular fluids. Typically, the concentration of bilirubin in the plasma must exceed 1.5 mg/dL, three times the usual value of approximately 0.5mg/dL The majority of this bilirubin comes from the breakdown of heme from expired red blood cells in the process just described. However approximately 20 per cent comes from other heme sources, including ineffective erythropoiesis, breakdown of other heme protrins such as muscle myoglobin and cytochrome enzymes.

Jaundiced eye

It was once believed persons suffering from the medical condition jaundice saw everything as yellow. By extension, the jaundiced eye came to mean a prejudiced view, usually rather negative or critical. Alexander Pope, in 'An Essay on Criticism' (1711), wrote: "All seems infected that the infected spy, As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye." Similarly in the mid 19th century the English poet Lord Alfred Tennyson wrote in the poem 'Locksley Hall': "So I triumphe'd ere my passion sweeping thro' me left me dry, left me with the palsied heart, and left me with a jaundiced eye."

Footnotes

yellowing in Arabic: يرقان
yellowing in Bosnian: Žutica
yellowing in Bulgarian: Жълтеница
yellowing in Catalan: Icterícia
yellowing in Czech: Žloutenka
yellowing in Danish: Gulsot
yellowing in German: Ikterus
yellowing in Spanish: Ictericia
yellowing in Esperanto: Iktero
yellowing in French: Ictère
yellowing in Croatian: Žutica
yellowing in Italian: Ittero
yellowing in Hebrew: צהבת
yellowing in Latin: Icterus
yellowing in Lithuanian: Gelta
yellowing in Malayalam: മഞ്ഞപ്പിത്തം
yellowing in Malay (macrolanguage): Demam kuning jaundis
yellowing in Dutch: Geelzucht
yellowing in Japanese: 黄疸
yellowing in Norwegian: Gulsott
yellowing in Norwegian Nynorsk: Gulsot
yellowing in Polish: Żółtaczka (medycyna)
yellowing in Portuguese: Icterícia
yellowing in Albanian: Verdhëza
yellowing in Simple English: Jaundice
yellowing in Slovak: Žltačka
yellowing in Slovenian: Zlatenica
yellowing in Finnish: Keltaisuus
yellowing in Swedish: Gulsot
yellowing in Telugu: పచ్చకామెర్లు
yellowing in Vietnamese: Hoàng đản
yellowing in Turkish: Sarılık
yellowing in Chinese: 黄疸
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