- Pathology. a quantitative deficiency of the hemoglobin, often accompanied by a reduced number of red blood cells and causing pallor, weakness, and breathlessness.
- a lack of power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness: His writing suffers from anemia.
Origin of anemia
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It is quite true, he is taking an after dinner nap, for he is suffering from anaemia.Married
Death may be brought about by anaemia after repeated hemorrhages.
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Yes, I have had attacks of vertigo now and then, but my physician says it's only anaemia.Creditors; Pariah
- a deficiency in the number of red blood cells or in their haemoglobin content, resulting in pallor, shortness of breath, and lack of energy
- lack of vitality or vigour
- pallid complexion
C19: from New Latin, from Greek anaimia lack of blood, from an- + haima blood
- the usual US spelling of anaemia
C19: from New Latin, from Greek anaimia lack of blood
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Word Origin and History for anaemia
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- A pathological deficiency in the oxygen-carrying component of the blood, measured in unit volume concentrations of hemoglobin, red blood cell volume, or red blood cell number.
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- A deficiency in the oxygen-carrying component of the blood, as in the amount of hemoglobin or the number or volume of red blood cells. Iron deficiency, often caused by inadequate dietary consumption of iron, and blood loss are common causes of anemia. See also aplastic anemia hemolytic anemia and sickle cell anemia.
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Because people suffering from anemia often appear weak and pale, the term is frequently used to describe general apathy or weakness: “The team's performance has been pretty anemic these past few weeks.”
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