a combining form occurring in compound words that denote a condition of the blood, as specified by the initial element: hyperemia.

Nearby words

  1. -eer,
  2. -ein,
  3. -ella,
  4. -elle,
  5. -eme,
  6. -en,
  7. -ence,
  8. -enchyma,
  9. -ency,
  10. -end

Origin of -emia

< New Latin < Greek -(h)aimía (as in anaimía want of blood), equivalent to haim- (stem of haîma) blood + -ia -ia

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British Dictionary definitions for -emia


n combining form

a US variant of -aemia
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Word Origin and History for -emia


word-forming element in medicine meaning "condition of the blood," Modern Latin comb. form of Greek haima (genitive haimatos) "blood," possibly from PIE root *sai- "thick liquid."

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Medicine definitions for -emia




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