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paleness

Noun

1 unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress) [syn: lividness, lividity, luridness, pallidness, pallor, wanness, achromasia]
2 the property of having a naturally light complexion [syn: blondness, fairness]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

paleness (no plural)
  1. The condition or degree of being pale or of lacking color.
    The cold weather intensified the paleness of the landscape.

Translations

condition or degree of being pale or of lacking color
  • Czech: bledost
  • Italian: pallore
* German: Blässe
  • Spanish: palidez

Extensive Definition

Pallor is a reduced amount of oxyhemoglobin in skin or mucous membrane, a pale color which can be caused by illness, emotional shock or stress, avoiding excessive exposure to sunlight, anaemia or genetics. It is more evident on the face and palms. It can develop suddenly or gradually, depending on the cause.
Pallor is not usually clinically significant unless it is accompanied by a general pallor (pale lips, tongue, palms, mouth and other regions with mucous membranes). It is distinguished from similar symptoms such as hypopigmentation (loss of skin pigment).
Pale skin is also a very light skin tone most commonly associated with people of European descent, particularly people of Celtic and Scandinavian descent. In addition, people who avoid excessive sun exposure and thus avoid unhealthy sun tanning also tend to have paler complexions in comparison to their peers, particularly during summer.

Possible causes

paleness in Polish: Bladość
paleness in Portuguese: Palidez

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Hippocratic face, achroma, achromasia, achromatosis, albescence, albinism, albino, albinoism, anemia, aridity, ashiness, barrenness, bleariness, blondness, bloodlessness, blur, blurriness, cadaverousness, canescence, chalkiness, characterlessness, chloranemia, colorlessness, corpselikeness, creaminess, darkness, deadliness, deadness, deathlikeness, deathliness, deathly hue, deathly pallor, defocus, dimness, dismalness, dragginess, dreariness, dryness, dullness, dustiness, eeriness, effeteness, emptiness, etiolation, exsanguination, facies Hippocratica, fadedness, faintness, fairness, feebleness, filminess, flatness, fogginess, frostiness, fuzziness, ghastliness, ghostlikeness, ghostliness, glaucescence, glaucousness, grisliness, grizzliness, gruesomeness, haggardness, half-visibility, haziness, heaviness, hoariness, hollowness, hypochromia, hypochromic anemia, inanity, indefiniteness, indistinctness, indistinguishability, inexcitability, insipidity, insipidness, jejunity, lactescence, leadenness, leukoderma, lifelessness, lightness, lividness, low profile, lowness of spirit, luridness, macabreness, mask of death, milkiness, mistiness, muddiness, obscurity, pallidity, pallidness, pallor, pastiness, pearliness, pointlessness, pokiness, ponderousness, prison pallor, sallowness, semivisibility, shadowiness, sickliness, sickly hue, silver, silveriness, slowness, snowiness, soft focus, solemnity, spiritlessness, sterility, stiffness, stodginess, stuffiness, superficiality, tastelessness, tediousness, uncanniness, uncertainty, unclearness, unearthliness, uninterestingness, unliveliness, unplainness, vague appearance, vagueness, vapidity, vapidness, vitiligo, wanness, weakness, weirdness, white, white race, whiteness, whitishness, woodenness
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