Definition of Bilious

1. Adjective. Relating to or containing bile.

Exact synonyms: Biliary
Partainyms: Bile, Bile
Derivative terms: Bile, Bile

2. Adjective. Suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress.
Exact synonyms: Liverish, Livery
Similar to: Ill, Sick
Derivative terms: Biliousness, Liver

3. Adjective. Irritable as if suffering from indigestion.
Exact synonyms: Atrabilious, Dyspeptic, Liverish
Similar to: Ill-natured
Derivative terms: Biliousness

Definition of Bilious

1. a. Of or pertaining to the bile.

Definition of Bilious

1. Adjective. Suffering from real or supposed liver disorder, thus making one ill-natured. ¹

2. Adjective. Of or pertaining to something containing or consisting of bile. ¹

3. Adjective. Irritable or bad tempered; irascible. ¹

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Definition of Bilious

1. pertaining to bile [adj] - See also: bile

Medical Definition of Bilious

1. Synonym: biliary. 2. Relating to or characteristic of biliousness. 3. Formerly, denoting a temperament characterised by a quick, irritable temper. Synonym: choleric. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bilious

bilingual dictionary
biliopancreatic diversion
bilious (current term)
bilious headache
bilious pneumonia
bilious remittent fever
bilious remittent malaria
bilious typhoid of Griesinger
bilious vomit

Literary usage of Bilious

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1. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1883)
"bilious Pneumonia.—Traube distinguished bilious pneumonia as characterised by ... Oppolzer and Lebert, on the other hand, held that bilious is distinguished ..."

2. Domestic Medicine; Or, A Treatise on the Prevention and Cure of Diseases by by William Buchan (1798)
"OF THE bilious FEVER. When a continual, remitting, or intermitting fever is ... In Britain the bilious fever generally makes its appearance about the end of ..."

3. Handbook of Geographical and Historical Pathology by August Hirsch (1883)
"THE history of relapsing fever and of bilious typhoid, which I take to be special modifications of one and tlio same morbid process,1 does not permit of ..."

4. The Influence of Tropical Climates on European Constitutions: To which is by James Johnson (1827)
"bilious FEVER. Notwithstanding that this fever is hardly ever mistaken, by the least experienced practitioner, yet so extremely diversified are its features ..."

5. The Western Journal of Medicine and Surgery by Daniel Drake, Lundsford Pitts Yandell (1841)
"D. bilious AND CONGESTIVE FEVER. BY AM KELLER, MD, or ALABAMA. We lay before our readers the following extract of a letter from a scientific physician of ..."

6. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine by George Bacon Wood (1866)
"... and when with bilious disorder, whether dependent on simple derangement of the liver, or upon a concurrent bilious fever, bilious pneumonia. ..."

7. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1856)
"One, for the want of a better name, I presume, is called miliary fever ; the other, for the same reason, I have thought proper to denominate bilious ..."

8. The Practice of medicine on Thomsonian principles ... and a materia medica by John W. Comfort (1859)
"When colic is accompanied with bilious vomiting, or the skin and whites of the eyes become sallow, it is termed bilious colic. ..."

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