[klaw-roh-sis, kloh-]


an abnormally yellow color of plant tissues, resulting from partial failure to develop chlorophyll, caused by a nutrient deficiency or the activities of a pathogen.
Also called greensickness. Pathology. a benign type of iron-deficiency anemia in adolescent girls, marked by a pale yellow-green complexion.

Nearby words

  1. chloroplatinic acid,
  2. chloroprene,
  3. chloroprocaine hydrochloride,
  4. chloropsia,
  5. chloroquine,
  6. chlorospinel,
  7. chlorosulfonic acid,
  8. chlorothalonil,
  9. chlorothiazide,
  10. chlorotic

Origin of chlorosis

First recorded in 1675–85; chlor-1 + -osis

Related formschlo·rot·ic [klaw-rot-ik, kloh-] /klɔˈrɒt ɪk, kloʊ-/, adjectivechlo·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chlorotic



Also called: greensickness pathol a disorder, formerly common in adolescent girls, characterized by pale greenish-yellow skin, weakness, and palpitation and caused by insufficient iron in the body
botany a deficiency of chlorophyll in green plants caused by mineral deficiency, lack of light, disease, etc, the leaves appearing uncharacteristically pale
Derived Formschlorotic (klɔːˈrɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for chlorosis

C17: from chloro- + -osis

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Medicine definitions for chlorotic




A form of chronic anemia, primarily of young women, characterized by a greenish-yellow discoloration of the skin and usually associated with deficiency in iron and protein.chloremia
Related formschlo•rotic (-rŏtĭk) adj.

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Science definitions for chlorotic



The yellowing or whitening of normally green plant tissue because of loss or decreased production of chlorophyll, often as a result of disease, insufficient light, or inadequate sources of iron and magnesium.
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