- an abnormal condition of plants in which the green parts lose their color or turn yellow as a result of a lack of chlorophyll production due to disease, lack of light, etc.
- a form of iron-deficiency anemia sometimes affecting girls at puberty and causing the skin to turn a greenish color
Origin of chlorosisModL: see chlor(o)- and -osis
- 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.
- An iron-deficiency anemia, primarily of young women, characterized by a greenish-yellow discoloration of the skin. Also called greensickness .
(countable and uncountable, plural chloroses)