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[dis-krey-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. a malfunction or abnormal condition, especially an imbalance of the constituents of the blood.

Origin of dyscrasia

1350–1400; Middle English; < Medieval Latin < Greek dyskrasía bad mixture, equivalent to dys- dys- + krâs(is) a mixing + -ia -ia
Related formsdys·cra·si·al, dys·cras·ic [dis-kraz-ik, -kras-] /dɪsˈkræz ɪk, -ˈkræs-/, dys·crat·ic, adjective
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  1. obsolete any abnormal physiological condition, esp of the blood

Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Medieval Latin: an imbalance of humours, from Greek, from dys- + -krasia, from krasis a mixing
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dyscrasia in Medicine

blood dyscrasia

  1. A diseased state of the blood, usually one in which the blood contains permanent abnormal cellular elements.
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