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green′sick′ adj.


(Pathology) another name for chlorosis
ˈgreenˌsick adj


(klɔˈroʊ sɪs, kloʊ-)

1. an abnormally yellow color of plant tissues, resulting from partial failure to develop chlorophyll.
2. Also called greensickness. a benign iron-deficiency anemia in adolescent girls, marked by a pale yellow-green complexion.
[1675–85; < Greek chlōr(ós) yellowish green + -osis]
chlo•rot′ic (-ˈrɒt ɪk) adj.


See also: Complexion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.greensickness - iron deficiency anemia in young womengreensickness - iron deficiency anemia in young women; characterized by weakness and menstrual disturbances and a green color to the skin
iron deficiency anaemia, iron deficiency anemia - a form of anemia due to lack of iron in the diet or to iron loss as a result of chronic bleeding
References in periodicals archive ?
Nunn, "On Vegetating Virgins: Greensickness and the Plant Realm in Early Modern Literature," in The Indistinct Human, 159-77.
These doctors, the author accused, were both lecherous and calculating, even guilty of trying to "cure" their patients through sexual rather than hydrotherapeutic means: "The chief Virtue ascrib'd to the Waters are the following two: They very often cure the Greensickness in Maids, and cause Fruitfulness in marry'd Women, provided they are but properly administered by a young vigorous Physician.
Other poems in the book, such as "The Good Wife Taught her Daughter," "A Sovereign Medicine for Greensickness," and "My Sister's Way to Make Mead," also use seventeenth-century diction.