from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Botany 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.
  • n. Pathology An iron-deficiency anemia, primarily of young women, characterized by a greenish-yellow discoloration of the skin. Also called greensickness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The greensickness, a peculiar form of anemia or bloodlessness which affects young women at or near the period of puberty.
  • n. In botany: Etiolation.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • This is true especially in young girls who have what is called chlorosis or green sickness.

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  • _ When the defect of the due action of both the absorbent and secerning vessels of the liver affects women, and is attended with obstruction of the catamenia, it is called chlorosis; and is cured by the exhibition of steel, which restores by its specific stimulus the absorbent power of the liver; and the menstruation, which was obstructed in consequence of debility, recurs.

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  • The chlorosis is another disease owing to the deficient action of the absorbents of the liver, and perhaps in some degree also to that of the secretory vessels, or glands, which compose that viscus.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Its recovering from chlorosis, its a mineral deficiency.

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  • That is too bad about the yellow leaves, chlorosis, right?

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  • Then right on its heels came mottled chlorosis—the poinsettia leaves were shaped fine, they just looked as if they had contracted measles.


  • Unfortunately, the first visible symptom of root rot, chlorosis, can be caused by many other problems such as a shortage of nutrients, too much or too little watering, or insect or nematode damage.

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  • Although black wattle survives on acid soils, it responded positively to lime up to pH6 and showed chlorosis and high mortality in alkaline soils (Schonau, 1971).

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  • Trees affected by zinc deficiency show chlorosis of the leaf tips and leaf margins, their shoots exude much resin, and their older leaves fall off.

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  • Those with potassium deficiency show leaf tip and marginal chlorosis and die back

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  • Iron-deficiency anemia associated with puberty.

    June 18, 2010