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or anaemic

[uh-nee-mik] /əˈni mɪk/
Pathology. suffering from anemia.
lacking power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness; listless; weak:
an anemic effort; anemic tones.
Origin of anemic
First recorded in 1830-40; anem(ia) + -ic
Related forms
anemically, adverb
nonanemic, adjective
pseudoanemic, adjective
unanemic, adjective Unabridged
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  • If the blood is anemic, or thin, then both lips and nails are pale and dull.

    A Handbook of Health

    Woods Hutchinson
  • 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.


    William J. Robinson
  • Dora is always saying that she is anemic, but of course that is not true.

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
  • Now Dora often does not have M— and then sometimes it's awfully bad, and that's why she's anemic.

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
British Dictionary definitions for anemic


the usual US spelling of anaemic
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Word Origin and History for anemic

alternative (chiefly U.S.) spelling of anaemic (q.v.). See ae.

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anemic in Science
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.

anemic adjective
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