Pathology. a quantitative deficiency of the hemoglobin, often accompanied by a reduced number of red blood cells and causing pallor, weakness, and breathlessness.
a lack of power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness: His writing suffers from anemia.
Origin of anemia
1800–10;Related formspseu·do·a·ne·mi·a, noun
< New Latin
< Greek anaimía
want of blood. See an-1
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Malnutrition or anemia are also conditions which greatly disturb sleep.
He seems to regard Atheism as a city malady, like rickets and anemia.
That's the third time this year, so she must really have anemia.
It is precisely on a par with anemia, dyspepsia or fatigue, or any other like unhappy fact of personal biography.
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There are wasting diseases; tuberculosis, for example, and anemia.
British Dictionary definitions for anemia
Word Origin for anemia
C19: from New Latin, from Greek anaimia lack of blood
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Word Origin and History for anemia
alternative (chiefly U.S.) spelling of anaemia (q.v.). See ae. As a genus of plants, Modern Latin, from Greek aneimon "unclad," from privative prefix an- (see an- (1)) + eima "a dress, garment" (see wear (v.)).
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Related formsa•ne′mic (-mĭk) adj.
A pathological deficiency in the oxygen-carrying component of the blood, measured in unit volume concentrations of hemoglobin, red blood cell volume, or red blood cell number.
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Related formsanemic adjective
A deficiency in the oxygen-carrying component of the blood, as in the amount of hemoglobin or the number or volume of red blood cells. Iron deficiency, often caused by inadequate dietary consumption of iron, and blood loss are common causes of anemia. See also aplastic anemia hemolytic anemia and sickle cell anemia.
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Because people suffering from anemia often appear weak and pale, the term is frequently used to describe general apathy or weakness: “The team's performance has been pretty anemic these past few weeks.”
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