chlorosis [ klaw- roh-sis, kloh- ] SHOW IPA / klɔˈroʊ sɪs, kloʊ- / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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.
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Origin of chlorosis
First recorded in 1675–85;
-osis OTHER WORDS FROM chlorosis chlo·rot·ic [klaw- rot-ik, kloh-], /klɔˈrɒt ɪk, kloʊ-/, adjective chlo·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use chlorosis in a sentence
In chlorotic and anæmic cases the ferruginous preparations are of advantage.
She was reared in the utmost poverty, was chlorotic, and did not menstruate till she was eighteen years old.
Very many of these patients are anmic; and chlorotic anmia seems specially to favor the occurrence of the affection.
A chlorotic girl, her cheeks unskilfully painted, brushes up to him with a careless38 "Geh Rudl, gib ma a Spreitzn."
British Dictionary definitions for chlorosis noun 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 forms of chlorosis chlorotic ( klɔːˈrɒtɪk), adjective Word Origin for chlorosis
chloro- + -osis
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Medical definitions for chlorosis n. 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 Other words from chlorosis chlo•rot ( ′ic -rŏt) ′ĭk adj.
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Scientific definitions for chlorosis 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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