Words nearby -haemia
WORDS THAT USE -HAEMIA
What does -haemia mean?
The combining form -haemia 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.
The form -haemia ultimately comes from the Greek haîma, meaning “blood.” The combining form -aemia is a variant of -emia and is chiefly used in British English.
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Historically, -haemia has been written as -hæmia, featuring a ligature of the a and e.
The Greek root haîma is the same Greek root that gives us the combining form hemo- meaning “blood,” as in hemoblast. Variants of hemo- (and closely related to -haemia) 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.
Examples of -haemia
Microcythaemia, also known as microcytosis, involves an abnormal increase in microcytes, which are abnormally small red blood cells.
The microcyt- part of the words refers to microcytes. The -haemia part of the word refers to a blood condition. Microcythemia has a literal sense of “a blood condition concerning small red blood cells.”
What are some words that use the combining form -haemia?
What are some other forms that -haemia may be commonly confused with?
Other words may end in the letters -emia, such as aphemia and Bohemia, but are not using -emia or its variants as a combining form to denote a blood condition. Learn their meanings and origins at our entries for the words.
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A thrombocyte is also known as a platelet, a type of blood cell that is important for clotting blood.
Based on the meaning of thrombocyte and -haemia, what does the medical condition thrombocythaemia involve?