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thalassaemia

US thalassemia

noun
  1. a hereditary disease, common in many parts of the world, resulting from defects in the synthesis of the red blood pigment haemoglobinAlso called: Cooley's anaemia (ˈkuːlɪz)
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Word Origin

New Latin, from Greek thalassa sea + -aemia, from it being esp prevalent round the eastern Mediterranean Sea
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