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1. 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.
2. An iron-deficiency anemia, primarily of young women, characterized by a greenish-yellow discoloration of the skin. Also called greensickness.

chlo·rot′ic (-rŏt′ĭk) adj.
chlo·rot′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.chlorotic - of or pertaining to or suffering from chlorosis
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When opportunity arose he would offer to make a more finished sketch of her, he was sure she would like that; her face was interesting, the profile was lovely, and there was something curiously fascinating about the chlorotic colour.
Chlorotic curly stunt: A severe begomovirus disease of bottle gourd in northern India.
Viruses in Florida transmitted by thrips include Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), Tomato chlorotic spot virus (TCSV), Iris necrotic spot virus (INSV), and Groundnut ringspot virus (GRSV) (Baker et al.
Typical symptoms of SCMV include greenish or yellowish chlorotic areas on leaves with different level of necrosis and reddening.
albicinctus Distant (thought to be similar to Orosius orientalis Matsumura); leafhopper vector of plant viruses and phytoplasmas, successfully transmitted the Chickpea chlorotic dwarf virus (CpCDV).
Symptoms include chlorotic leaf mottling, leaf stunting and deformation, delayed vine growth, stunted canes and reductions in yields.
Lower leaves and leaf sheaths covering the internodes are chlorotic, and the rind is pale-straw instead of green in colour.
DAF is also investing in key areas such as Yellow Canopy Syndrome, chlorotic streak disease, and other crucial issues such as biosecurity, nitrogen use efficiency, and herbicide management.
Additionally, leaves are deprived of light, becoming chlorotic and dry, thus hindering plant growth (Garcia, 2008).
Initially spots small, chlorotic, light brown and sometimes became necrotic havinga chlorotic halo.
But chlorotic local lesions were observed only on Nicotiana benthamiana Domin.
PNRSV induces necrotic and chlorotic rings, mosaic, deformations in leaves, flowers and fruits, delayed maturation, reduced growth and decreasing productivity in peach; alternatively, the virus may be present latently, not causing symptoms or damage.