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Encyclopedia > Chlorosis (medicine)

In medicine, chlorosis (also termed an antiquated "greensickness") is a form of anemia named for the greenish tinge of the skin of a patient. Its symptoms included lack of energy, shortness of breath, dyspepsia, headaches, and capricious or scanty appetite. Chlorotic girls tend to lose weight due to poor eating while eating a lot of meat. Today this disease is diagnosed as iron deficiency anemia. Medicine is a branch of health science and the sector of public life concerned with maintaining or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, treatment and possible prevention of disease and injury. ... A headache (medically known as cephalalgia, sometimes spelled as cephalgia) is a condition of pain in the head; sometimes neck or upper back pain may also be interpreted as a headache. ... The appetite is the desire to eat food, felt as hunger. ... Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia, and the most common cause of microcytic anemia. ...


Chlorosis is derived from the word Chloris from the Greek Khloros meaning "greenish-yellow," "pale green," "pale," "pallid" or "fresh". As she talks, her lips breathe spring roses: I was Chloris, who am now called Flora. ...


  • The appetite as a voice, by Joan Brumberg, pages. 164-165.
  • Disease of Virgins; Green Sickness, Chlorosis and the Problems of Puberty by Helen King. (information regarding the history of this condition and other related conditions)



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