Definition of acrocyanosis in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • A condition marked by bluish or purple colouring of the hands and feet, caused by slow circulation.

    • ‘Massive DVT is characterized by severe pain, swelling of the entire limb, acrocyanosis, and ultrasonic findings of involvement of the iliofemoral vein segment and/or inferior vena cava.’
    • ‘In addition to bradycardia, cardiac findings may include acrocyanosis and decrease in overall heart size and stroke volume.’
    • ‘The World Health Organization has recommended the use of ginkgo in Raynaud's disease, acrocyanosis, and post-phlebitic syndrome. (2,7)’
    • ‘Although acrocyanosis should score 1, and a cry in response to a brisk tangential slap of the soles of the feet should score 2, actual scores were incorrect in a third of cases.’
    • ‘‘Blackfoot disease ‘has been associated with arsenic-contaminated drinking water in Taiwan; Raynaud's phenomenon and acrocyanosis also may occur.’’


Late 19th century: from Greek akron ‘tip’ + cyanosis.