pal·​lor | \ ˈpa-lər How to pronounce pallor (audio) \

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

Recent Examples on the Web Symptoms can include easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 Apr. 2022 Tycho flinched with annoyance at a wall that had been painted black; along the seams, the pallor of the original timber had become exposed. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 The irrepressible Knights were dressed in homage to ‘80s film classics, and Floral Headpiece was particularly taken with the Pete Davidson-esque pallor of the Beetlejuice maskers. The Masked Observer, al, 24 Feb. 2022 That can include a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which causes easy bruising, pallor (aka, an unusually pale appearance), and decreased urine output. Korin Miller,, 7 Jan. 2022 Anyone who experiences easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output should seek medical help. Sophie Reardon, CBS News, 7 Jan. 2022 In this capsule, denim is washed using a custom method that rinses the inside more than the outside of the fabric; Ruby describes its interior pallor as akin to a shroud. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 20 Oct. 2021 Beads of sweat soon collected around my forehead as a ghostly pallor overwhelmed my skin. Cornelia Powers, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Sep. 2021 In the age of Zoom, people became inordinately preoccupied with sagging skin around their neck and jowls; with the size and shape of their nose; with the pallor of their skin. Amit Katwala, Wired, 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pallor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pallor

Middle English pallour, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French palur, pallor "paleness, wanness, pale yellow color (of gold), borrowed from Latin pallor "paleness of complexion, loss of color," noun derivative, with the suffix -ōr-, -or (early Latin -ōs), from the base of pallēre "to be pale or bloodless, have a pale color," pallidus "pale, colorless" — more at fallow entry 1

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“Pallor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pallor


pal·​lor | \ ˈpa-lər How to pronounce pallor (audio) \

Kids Definition of pallor

: paleness of face


pal·​lor | \ ˈpal-ər How to pronounce pallor (audio) \

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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