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    The colour of lips is red, but sometimes when a person is sick and starved for a couple of days and suffering from some ailment in hospital, his lips are not as red as it normally is, rather is gets colourless, whitish and pale. What word should be used to describe such pale lips?

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    Default Re: Describing lips

    pallid, anaemic

    not a teacher

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    Default Re: Describing lips

    Describe in a few sentences with some style, if possible.

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    Default Re: Describing lips

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    The colour of Lips is are normally red, but sometimes when a person is sick and starved for a couple of days and suffering from some ailment in hospital, their lips are not as red as it they normally is are, rather is gets they become colourless, whitish and pale. What word should be used to describe such pale lips?
    Bloodless, perhaps. When it's due to cold or perhaps a lack of nutrition, we sometimes refer to them as "blue" as that's the colour they most resemble.

    Remember that "lips" = plural.

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    Default Re: Describing lips

    The lips of a patient in hospital is blue. Is it ok?

    [Please write some sentences using your own words and style regarding this.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    The lips of a patient in hospital is ARE blue. Is it ok?

    [Please write some sentences using your own words and style regarding this.]
    As per my previous post, remember that lips are plural, therefore "....lips are blue...."

    As far as your sentence is concerned, it sounds a little too general. It makes it sound as if all patients in hospitals have blue lips! It would only be certain medical conditions (or cold) which would cause this, and hopefully once someone has been in hospital having treatment for a short time, their lips should have returned to their normal colour.

    You could say "Some patients' lips are blue when they are admitted to hospital".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    The lips of a patient in hospital is blue. Is it ok?

    [Please write some sentences using your own words and style regarding this.]
    I thought only a dead person would have the blue lips. Sick people would, at worst, have their lips turning white.
    Anyway, this sounds like a school assignment.

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    Not a school assighnment. I am about to write a paragraph, so I need to know this. I am posting my writing under EDITING AND WRITING TOPICS. And name of my thread is "Check my writing".

    Though this matter of lips is yet to be written. But as I would finish writing this I would post it over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I thought only a dead person would have the blue lips. Sick people would, at worst, have their lips turning white.
    Anyway, this sounds like a school assignment.
    I can assure you that when I turned out to have a serious lung problem, causing a severe lack of oxygen, my lips were most definitely blue, not white, when I was admitted to hospital!

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    Default Re: Describing lips

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can assure you that when I turned out to have a serious lung problem, causing a severe lack of oxygen, my lips were most definitely blue, not white, when I was admitted to hospital!
    This is called "cyanosis" (recognize 'cyan'?) but it's actually a dark blue, caused by anoxia or hypoxia.
    In anemia, lips can appear a light bluish, but that's just from a lack of contrasting redness.

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