bile pigments

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bile pig·'ments

coloring matter in the bile derived from porphyrins by rupture of a methane bridge; for example, bilirubin, biliverdin.

bile pigments

a group of substances that contribute to the colors of bile, which may range from a yellowish green to brown. A common bile pigment is bilirubin, which contains a reddish iron pigment derived from the breakdown of old red blood cells.

bile pig·ments

(bīl pig'mĕnts)
Coloring matter in the bile derived from porphyrins by rupture of a methane bridge (e.g., bilirubin, biliverdin).
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The liver is darker than the kidneys possibly because of the higher content in deoxygenated blood, bile pigment, and lipofuscin (discussed in the "Lipochromes" section) (Figure 2, D and H).
However, it was not until I joined the Bruce Ames laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, in early 1986 that I was presented with the opportunity to work with this golden bile pigment as a postdoctoral scientist.
The liver, it seemed, was not breaking up the hemoglobin to bile pigment.
Chemical structure of a new family of bile pigments from human urine.
The liver excretes bile, which as well as containing salts that help emulsify fats in the small intestine, consists of waste products and bile pigments formed from the breakdown of red blood cells.
Because bile pigments protect easily oxidizable substances from destruction (2), it has been suggested that bilirubin functions as an antioxidant in term neonates (3).
Free and conjugated bile pigments of body fluids: qualitative analysis by thin-layer chromatography.