pallor

noun
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

The boy's sickly pallor concerned his mother even though he had no fever.
Recent Examples on the Web Honor White was propped up in the right position for a pneumonic, but her breathing was loud and her pallor was greenish. Emma Donoghue, The Atlantic, "The Blood Tax," 12 May 2020 The apparatus around my kid, the oxygen tube in her nose, the crooked little hat on her head, her wormy pallor scared me. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, "The Liver," 9 Mar. 2020 After noting the jaundiced pallor of Miller’s skin, a doctor cut into the abdomen and examined the internal organs. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Before there was coronavirus, there was yellow fever. Fear of it once gripped D.C.," 11 Feb. 2020 The fluid, a tinted potion of formaldehyde and other chemicals (some funeral homes now offer a nonformaldehyde alternative), is designed to erase the natural pallor of death and plump up the skin. Maggie Jones, New York Times, "The Movement to Bring Death Closer," 19 Dec. 2019 To avoid accidentally aging themselves, soldiers in front of the camera may have used dyes to wage war—not against the Confederates, but against the ghastly pallor of their own luscious locks. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Find Hair Dye Bottles Used by Self-Conscious Civil War Soldiers Posing for Portraits," 5 Dec. 2019 Another possible diagnosis for a vampire victim could be anemia, a deficiency in red blood cells that can lead to fatigue and unusual pallor. Fox News, "Bram Stoker's vampire victim shows 'textbook' leukemia symptoms," 22 Nov. 2019 By evening, with a drizzle of rain falling, the neighborhoods in the center of Hong Kong Island had taken on a post-apocalyptic pallor, with wide streets devoid of people and shops and restaurants shut down. New York Times, "Hong Kong Rallies Turn Violent After Thousands Defy Face Mask Ban," 6 Oct. 2019 The paint was stubborn and left a streaky pallor for the next few days. Eryn Loeb, Longreads, "When Friendship Fades But the Images Linger," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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21 May 2020

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“Pallor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pallor. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pallor

formal : paleness especially of the face that is caused by illness

pallor

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

Kids Definition of pallor

: paleness of face

pallor

noun
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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