cy·​a·​not·​ic ˌsī-ə-ˈnä-tik How to pronounce cyanotic (audio)
: marked by or causing a bluish or purplish discoloration (as of the skin and mucous membranes) due to deficient oxygenation of the blood : relating to or affected with cyanosis
On arrival at the emergency room, the patient was cyanotic and unconscious with labored respirations at 40/min.Dorwyn W. Croom
… I turned back the sheet to find that his foot was becoming dangerously cyanotic.Dorothy Still Danner
cyanotic heart disease

Examples of cyanotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thousands of cyanotic children were helped by the same operation until later surgeries were able to repair the defect itself. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2022 The catheters are used to enlarge an existing atrial septal defect as a treatment option for patients with cyanotic congenital heart defects. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 4 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cyanotic was in 1848

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“Cyanotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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