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chlorosis

chlo·ro·sis

chlorosis

 
pronunciation:
klo ro sihs
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an abnormal yellowing or color loss in green plant tissue because of insufficient light or nutrition, genetic disorder, or disease that results in deficient chlorophyll production.
definition 2: an iron deficiency anemia occurring mainly in pubescent girls and characterized by a greenish complexion.
derivation: chlorotic (adj.)
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The word chlorosis contains the following parts:
chlor, chloro Greek root that means light green; containing chlorine
synonyms:
verd
 
-osis Greek noun-forming suffix that means condition (usually medical)
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The suffix -osis attaches to Greek roots. Many nouns ending in "-osis " have a corresponding adjective form ending in -otic (neurosis : neurotic).