anemia or a·nae·mi·a [ uh- nee-mee- uh ] SHOW IPA / əˈni mi ə / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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. QUIZZES PRACTICE SOME ESCAPISM WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
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Origin of anemia
1800–10; < New Latin < Greek
want of blood. See
-emia OTHER WORDS FROM anemia pseu·do·a·ne·mi·a, noun Words nearby anemia aneirin
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Example sentences from the Web for anemia
In some infants pallor and
anemia may persist for months after apparent cure; however, this is the exception rather than the rule. Anemia, liver complaints, and neurasthenia were also studied as school diseases.
The characteristic pallor, which is one of the most common as well as earliest symptoms, is due in a large measure to the
It is precisely on a par with
anemia, dyspepsia or fatigue, or any other like unhappy fact of personal biography. Creative Intelligence |John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen British Dictionary definitions for anemia Word Origin for anemia
C19: from New Latin, from Greek
anaimia lack of blood
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Medical definitions for anemia n. 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. Other words from anemia a•ne ( ′mic -mĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for anemia 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. Other words from anemia anemic adjective
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Cultural definitions for anemia notes for anemia
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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