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Rarely used term for a form of chronic hypochromic microcytic (iron deficiency) anemia, characterized by a great reduction in hemoglobin out of proportion to the decreased number of red blood cells; observed chiefly in females from puberty to the third decade and usually associated with diets deficient in iron and protein.
[chloro- + G. -osis, condition]
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1. The yellowing or whitening of normally green plant tissue because of a decreased amount of chlorophyll, often as a result of disease or nutrient deficiency.
2. An iron-deficiency anemia, primarily of young women, characterized by a greenish-yellow discoloration of the skin. Also called greensickness.
chlo·rot′ic (-rŏt′ĭk) adj.
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chlorosisA greenish tinge to the skin formerly associated with severe iron deficiency anaemia in malnourished young women. It is now almost unknown in developed countries.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
chlorosisa yellowing of plant leaves caused by lack of CHLOROPHYLL pigment due to mineral deficiency (e.g. that of magnesium, iron) or disease (e.g. virus yellows) which results in a decrease in photosynthetic rate.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005