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anemia

or a·nae·mi·a

[uh-nee-mee-uh]
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noun
  1. Pathology. a quantitative deficiency of the hemoglobin, often accompanied by a reduced number of red blood cells and causing pallor, weakness, and breathlessness.
  2. a lack of power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness: His writing suffers from anemia.
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Origin of anemia

1800–10; < New Latin < Greek anaimía want of blood. See an-1, -emia
Related formspseu·do·a·ne·mi·a, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anemia

anemia

noun
  1. the usual US spelling of anaemia
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek anaimia lack of blood
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Word Origin and History for anemia

n.

alternative (chiefly U.S.) spelling of anaemia (q.v.). See ae. As a genus of plants, Modern Latin, from Greek aneimon "unclad," from privative prefix an- (see an- (1)) + eima "a dress, garment" (see wear (v.)).

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anemia in Medicine

anemia

(ə-nēmē-ə)
n.
  1. 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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Related formsa•nemic (-mĭk) adj.
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anemia in Science

anemia

[ə-nēmē-ə]
  1. 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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Related formsanemic adjective
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anemia in Culture

anemia

[(uh-nee-mee-uh)]

A condition in which the capacity of the blood to carry oxygen is decreased because of too few red blood cells in circulation or because of too little hemoglobin.

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Note

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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