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[pawr-feer-ee-uh, -fahy-ree-uh] /pɔrˈfɪər i ə, -ˈfaɪ ri ə/
noun, Pathology.
a defect of blood pigment metabolism in which porphyrins are produced in excess, are present in the blood, and are found in the urine.
Also called hematoporphyria.
Origin of porphyria
First recorded in 1920-25; porphyr(in) + -ia Unabridged
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a hereditary disease of body metabolism, producing abdominal pain, mental confusion, etc
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from porphyrin a purple substance excreted by patients suffering from this condition, from Greek porphura purple
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Word Origin and History for porphyria

metabolic disorder, 1923, from porphyrin (1910), the ame of the type of chemical which, in imbalance, causes it, from German porphyrin, chemical name, from Greek porphyros "purple" (see purple) + -in (2). Some of the compounds are purple.

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porphyria in Medicine

porphyria por·phyr·i·a (pôr-fēr'ē-ə)
Any of several disorders of porphyrin metabolism, usually hereditary, characterized by large amounts of porphyrins in the blood and urine.

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