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Words nearby -aemia
WORDS THAT USE -AEMIA
What does -aemia mean?
The combining form -aemia is used like a suffix to denote an abnormal blood condition, especially the presence of a certain kind of substance in the blood that causes disease. It is used in many medical terms, especially in pathology.
Variants of hemo- (and closely related to -aemia) are haem-, haema-, haemo-, haemat-, haemato-, hem-, hema-, hemat-, and hemato-. Learn more about their specific applications at our Words That Use articles for the forms.
What are variants of -aemia?
The combining form -aemia is a variant of -emia and is chiefly used in British English. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use –emia article.
Historically, -aemia has been written as -æmia, featuring a ligature of the a and e.
Examples of -aemia
Anaemia is a variant spelling of anemia. In pathology, anaemia is a deficiency of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to tissue in the body. This condition can result in feeling weak and having a pale color. Figuratively, anaemia refers to a lack of vitality or oomph, often appearing in its adjective form, anaemic.
The first part of the word, an-, means “not,” “without,” or “lacking.” The -aemia part of the word, as we’ve seen, concerns blood. Anaemia literally translates to “lacking blood.”
The word anaemia comes from the Greek anaimía, which uses the equivalent forms of an- and -emia in the language.
What are some words that use the combining form -aemia?
- leukaemia (from German Leukämie)
- pyaemia (using the equivalent form of -aemia in New Latin)
What are some other forms that -aemia may be commonly confused with?
Many other words end in the letters -emia, such as academia and Bohemia, but are not using -aemia or -emia as a combining form to denote a blood condition. Study up on their wandering ways at our entries for the words.