cyanosis

noun
cy·​a·​no·​sis | \ ˌsī-ə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce cyanosis (audio) \

Definition of cyanosis

: a bluish or purplish discoloration (as of skin) due to deficient oxygenation of the blood

Examples of cyanosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first thing that came to Fishbein’s mind was cyanosis — not getting enough oxygen to the tissues. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "His Fingernails Were Purple but Didn’t Hurt. What Was This?," 15 Oct. 2020 Franklin suspects Fredericks had congenital pulmonic stenosis, a narrowing of the valve that leads from the heart to the lungs, causing cyanosis or blueness. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "In a hospital for children, a 70-year-old man gives hope for doctors and patients," 2 Sep. 2020 Other signs can include headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, cyanosis, convulsions, and coma. CBS News, "Michigan sounds alarm on mosquito-borne virus after 3 deaths," 18 Sep. 2019 Symptoms include dizziness, headaches, ringing ears, sleep problems, breathlessness, palpitations, fatigue, and cyanosis, which turns lips, gums, and hands purplish blue. Xing Liu, Science Magazine, "At 5100 meters elevation, a Peruvian gold mining town is the world’s highest settlement—and a good place to study how life at extremely low oxygen levels ravages the body.," 12 Sep. 2019 Signs of encephalitic illness may include fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, cyanosis, convulsions and coma. Fox News, "Rhode Island mosquitoes test positive for potentially deadly virus EEE, officials say," 16 Aug. 2019 The doctor’s diagnosis was spinal cyanosis, which came from all the rounds of combat fighting. George Diaz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Pinklon Thomas rises up again after big fall, like true heavyweight champ," 23 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of cyanosis

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cyanosis

New Latin, from Greek kyanōsis dark blue color, from kyanos

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The first known use of cyanosis was in 1834

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“Cyanosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyanosis. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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cyanosis

noun
cy·​a·​no·​sis | \ ˌsī-ə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce cyanosis (audio) \
plural cyanoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce cyanosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of cyanosis

: a bluish or purplish discoloration (as of skin) due to deficient oxygenation of the blood

Other Words from cyanosis

cyanotic \ -​ˈnät-​ik How to pronounce cyanosis (audio) \ adjective

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