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chlorosis

Pronunciation: klor-o'sis

Definition: 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.

Synonym(s): asiderotic anemia, chloremia1, chloroanemia, chlorotic anemia, green sickness

[chloro- + G. -osis, condition]

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