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pallor

[pal-er] /ˈpæl ər/
noun
1.
unusual or extreme paleness, as from fear, ill health, or death; wanness.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin: paleness, equivalent to pall(ēre) to be pale + -or -or1
Can be confused
pale, pail, pall, pallor (see synonym study at pale)
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Examples from the web for pallor
  • Tan, with a tummy enviably toned in little rolls, he wanted to gloat over my city-induced pallor.
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension), fast heart rate (tachycardia) and pallor are all typically present.
  • You wouldn't know it from my carefully cultivated pallor.
  • But in some people it can trigger an autonomic nervous system response that may include intense sweating, pallor, and confusion.
  • The removal of blood from the skin may be massively reversed, extreme pallor being replaced by intense flushing and reddening.
  • She could see the uncoordinated rolling of my eyes, the death pallor of my face, the wobble of my legs.
  • Then he held his hands out before him, as if wondering at their hairless pallor.
  • His pallor was terrible, and his eyes were sunken.
  • Serling's writing remains uniquely righteous - a quality enhanced by the show's literal black-and-white pallor.
  • But it shares the same ghostly pallor as others that have been observed at similar depths.
British Dictionary definitions for pallor

pallor

/ˈpælə/
noun
1.
a pale condition, esp when unnatural: fear gave his face a deathly pallor
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: whiteness (of the skin), from pallēre to be pale1
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Word Origin and History for pallor
n.

c.1400, from Old French palor "paleness, whiteness" (12c.) and directly from Latin pallor, from pallere "be pale, turn pale," related to pallus "dark-colored, dusky," from PIE root *pel- (2) "pale; gray" (cf. Sanskrit palitah "gray," panduh "whitish, pale;" Greek pelios "livid, dark," polios "gray;" Old English fealo "dull-colored, yellow, brown;" Welsh llwyd "gray").

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pallor in Medicine

pallor pal·lor (pāl'ər)
n.
Paleness, as of the skin.

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