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green′sick′ adj.
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(Pathology) another name for chlorosis
ˈgreenˌsick adj
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(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.
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See also: Complexion
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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
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As customary with charms, they are hung on the patients' neck or arm, for instance amulets intended to treat those suffering from fevers (ba'ale ha-kadahot), diarrhea (bloody stools, shilshul ha-dam), and the greensickness (hepatitis, holi ha-yerakon), as well as epilepsy (mahalat ha-nefila), and particularly the heart of a wolf for, hysteria (Suffocatio matriciis, henek ha-em) and many other charms (On these diseases and their treatments in medieval and early modern times see Barkai 1987, 50; Amar and Buchman 2004, 24-37; Buchman and Amar 2007, 139-144; Shemesh 2013, 652).
According to Helen King, the sixteenth century in England was one of the historical periods to "focus on the onset of menstruation as the key point of danger for women, a time when their bodies and their minds are equally in turmoil." (9) Her work on the diseases of virgins suggests that greensickness became a condition in its own right associated with post-pubertal girls at this time.
The second chapter focuses on complaints seen as peculiar to women, especially greensickness and menopause (cessation of menses in the early modern period).
Although this reading may not have been available to Shakespeare, the same idea comes down to the Renaissance in the diagnosis of "greensickness."