One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bluish discoloration of the skin resulting from poor circulation or inadequate oxygenation of the blood.
- ‘The skin and mucous membranes should be inspected for cyanosis, pallor, ecchymoses, telangiectasia, gingivitis, or evidence of bleeding from the oral or nasal mucosa.’
- ‘Physical examination revealed a dehydrated man with poor skin turgor but no evidence of pedal edema, cyanosis, dubbing, or telangiectasia.’
- ‘The patient's general appearance should be assessed for evidence of resting dyspnea, cyanosis and cachexia.’
- ‘There was no clubbing, cyanosis, edema, arthritis, lymphadenopathy, or rash.’
- ‘Infants with coxsackie myocarditis have trouble breathing and sometimes develop cyanosis, a bluish color of the skin, lips, and nails caused by too little oxygen in the blood.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek kuanōsis ‘blueness’, from kuaneos ‘dark blue’.
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