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chlorosis

[klaw-roh-sis, kloh-]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. Also called greensickness. Pathology. a benign type of iron-deficiency anemia in adolescent girls, marked by a pale yellow-green complexion.
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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
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Examples from the Web for chlorotic

Historical Examples

  • This is like the neuralgic pain of nervous gastralgia, which is not infrequent in chlorotic and hysterical females.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II

    Various

  • It is met with more commonly in chlorotic young women than in any other class.

  • The dowager gazed affectionately at the chlorotic window by Burne-Jones.

    The Vanity Girl

    Compton Mackenzie

  • A chlorotic girl, her cheeks unskilfully painted, brushes up to him with a careless38 "Geh Rudl, gib ma a Spreitzn."

    Europe After 8:15

    H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright

  • In chlorotic and anæmic cases the ferruginous preparations are of advantage.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon


British Dictionary definitions for chlorotic

chlorosis

noun
  1. 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
  2. botany a deficiency of chlorophyll in green plants caused by mineral deficiency, lack of light, disease, etc, the leaves appearing uncharacteristically pale
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Derived Formschlorotic (klɔːˈrɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from chloro- + -osis
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chlorotic in Medicine

chlorosis

(klə-rōsĭs)
n.
  1. 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
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Related formschlo•rotic (-rŏtĭk) adj.
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chlorotic in Science

chlorosis

[klə-rōsĭs]
  1. 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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