A red-orange pigment found in bile which is formed when old red blood cells are broken down in the liver. It can also form from other types of heme catabolism. It has the chemical formula C33H36N4O6. It is transformed from the green bile pigment biliverdin, which is directly formed from heme catabolism. Excessive bilirubin in the blood results in jaundice.
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