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cyanosis

Pronunciation: si'a-no'sis

Definition: A dark bluish or purplish discoloration of the skin and mucous membrane due to deficient oxygenation of the blood, evident when reduced hemoglobin in the blood exceeds 5 g/100 mL.

[G. dark blue color, fr. kyanos, blue substance]

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