from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun An iron-deficiency anemia, primarily of young women, characterized by a greenish-yellow discoloration of the skin.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The greensickness, a peculiar form of anemia or bloodlessness which affects young women at or near the period of puberty.
  • noun In botany: Etiolation.
  • noun A transformation of the ordinarily colored parts of a flower into green leaf-like or sepal-like organs, as in what are known as “green roses.” Also called chloranthy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) The green sickness; an anæmic disease of young women, characterized by a greenish or grayish yellow hue of the skin, weakness, palpitation, etc.
  • noun (Bot.) A disease in plants, causing the flowers to turn green or the leaves to lose their normal green color.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine (countable) An anaemia, due to deficiency of iron, characterized by a yellow-green colouration of the skin; greensickness (Wikipedia).
  • noun botany (uncountable) A yellowing of plant tissue due to loss or absence of chlorophyll (Wikipedia).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun iron deficiency anemia in young women; characterized by weakness and menstrual disturbances and a green color to the skin


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  • Iron-deficiency anemia associated with puberty.

    June 18, 2010