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British Dictionary definitions for polycythaemia

polycythaemia

esp US polycythemia

noun
  1. an abnormal condition of the blood characterized by an increase in the number of red blood cells. It can occur as a primary disease of unknown cause (polycythaemia vera or erythraemia) or in association with respiratory or circulatory diseases
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Word Origin

C19: from poly- + cyto- + -haemia
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