- Pathology. suffering from anemia.
- lacking power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness; listless; weak: an anemic effort; anemic tones.
Origin of anemic
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Examples from the Web for anemic
Figueroa told The Daily Beast that her husband indeed was stabbed and he is also anemic from malnutrition.Did Joran Van Der Sloot Fake His Prison Shanking?
Andrea Zarate, Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 5, 2014
Worse still, Texas had an anemic 32 percent turnout and Tennessee was close behind at 34 percent.Would You Risk Your Life to Vote? It Looks Like 7 Million Afghans Did.
April 7, 2014
There are surely more applications in the pipeline, but these early numbers are anemic.How Low Will Health Care Enrollments Be? Here’s What to Watch For
November 13, 2013
And the public, which was also suffering through high inflation and anemic GDP growth, had had enough.Thatcher's Economic Legacy
April 8, 2013
We aren't going to fix our broken job market, or our government finances, with this kind of anemic growth.Dismal Fourth Quarter GDP: Now With Slightly Less Dismal
February 28, 2013
If the blood is anemic, or thin, then both lips and nails are pale and dull.A Handbook of Health
By the bones of my ten fingers has replaced the anemic oaths of childhood.Wappin' Wharf
Charles S. Brooks
If the patient is anemic, a good iron preparation may prove useful.Woman
William J. Robinson
Dora is always saying that she is anemic, but of course that is not true.
Now Dora often does not have M— and then sometimes it's awfully bad, and that's why she's anemic.
- the usual US spelling of anaemic
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Word Origin and History for anemic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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