pal·lor | \ˈpa-lər \

Definition of pallor 

: deficiency of color especially of the face : paleness The boy's sickly pallor concerned his parents.

Examples of pallor in a Sentence

The boy's sickly pallor concerned his mother even though he had no fever.

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Symptoms of this syndrome include fever, abdominal pain, fatigue, small unexplained bruises or bleeding, and pallor. Susan Scutti, CNN, "197 illnesses, five deaths in E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce," 1 June 2018 Something about the powdery pallor, the intelligent brow, the drowsing... Newsweek, "Analysis," 14 Mar. 2018 Her deathly pallor and daringly low-cut dress caused a major scandal when the portrait was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1884. Cath Pound, New York Times, "When the Old Masters Were the P.R. Agents of the Rich and Powerful," 14 Mar. 2018 In Illness As a Metaphor, Susan Sontag recounts the Victorian romanticizing of tuberculosis: the patient’s reed-thin body, white pallor, and flushed cheeks. Rachel Vorona Cote, The New Republic, "The Reality of Women’s Pain," 7 Mar. 2018 It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "E. coli in beef leads to recall of nearly 15,000 pounds of beef and pork | Miami Herald," 4 Mar. 2018 With its pallor, endive embodies the colorless days of winter, but the crisp, slightly bitter petals stand up well to heartier dressings. Elisa Ludwig,, "Seasonal salads to get you through the February doldrums," 8 Feb. 2018 He’s not put off by their sickly pallor, the tattoos on their faces, their inability to make eye contact, their twitching, their inattentiveness. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "He thought he would be dead by now. Instead, he’s the guy stopping an addict from stealing your car," 21 Dec. 2017 In color, the contrast between Kennedy’s youthful tan and Nixon’s grey pallor is striking. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Colorized Footage Is a Vivid Reminder that History Didn’t Happen in Black and White," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of pallor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pallor

Middle English, from Latin, from pallēre to be pale — more at fallow

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English Language Learners Definition of pallor

: paleness especially of the face that is caused by illness


pal·lor | \ˈpa-lər \

Kids Definition of pallor

: paleness of face


pal·lor | \ˈpal-ər \

Medical Definition of pallor 

: deficiency of color especially of the face : paleness patients in hemorrhagic shock may exhibit extreme pallorScientific American Medicine

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