[ sahy-uh-noh-sis ]
/ ˌsaɪ əˈnoʊ sɪs /

noun Pathology.

blueness or lividness of the skin, as from imperfectly oxygenated blood.

Origin of cyanosis

1825–35; < New Latin < Greek kyánōsis dark-blue color. See cyan-1, -osis

Related forms

cy·a·not·ic [sahy-uh-not-ik] /ˌsaɪ əˈnɒt ɪk/, adjectivehy·per·cy·a·no·sis, nounhy·per·cy·a·not·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cyanotic


/ (ˌsaɪəˈnəʊsɪs) /


pathol a bluish-purple discoloration of skin and mucous membranes usually resulting from a deficiency of oxygen in the blood

Derived Forms

cyanotic (ˌsaɪəˈnɒtɪk), adjective
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Medicine definitions for cyanotic


[ sī′ə-nōsĭs ]


A bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes resulting from inadequate oxygenation of the blood.

Related forms

cy′a•notic (-nŏtĭk) adj.
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