Vet Terminology starting with J on – from Jaundice to Jugular


The condition in which there is a buildup of waste products in the body called bilirubin. Bilirubin is yellow in color, therefore, an animal with jaundice will have yellow gums, skin (often seen on the inside flap of the ear), and a yellowish cast to the ‘whites’ of the eyes. It can occur if a large number of red blood cells are destroyed, the liver is not functioning normally, or the bile ducts are blocked.

The longest part of the small intestine extending from the duodenum to the ileum.

A female ferret.

Referring to the neck; specifically, the large jugular veins that return blood from the head and neck to the heart.