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glossary:cyanosis [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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|+||A bluish color of the [[skin]] and the mucous membranes due to insufficient oxygen in the [[blood]]. For example, the lips may show cyanosis. Cyanosis can be evident at birth, as in a "blue baby" who has a [[heart]] malformation that permits blood that is not fully oxygenated to enter the arterial circulation. Cyanosis can also appear at any time later in life.|
|+||The word "cyanosis" comes from the Greek "cyanos" meaning dark blue.|