aplastic anemia


noun Pathology.

severe anemia due to destruction or depressed functioning of the bone marrow, usually resulting from bone cancer, radiation, or the toxic effects of certain drugs or chemicals.

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Origin of aplastic anemia

First recorded in 1930–35; a-6 + -plastic
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Medical definitions for aplastic anemia

aplastic anemia

n.

A form of anemia in which the capacity of the bone marrow to generate red blood cells is defective, caused by bone marrow disease or exposure to toxic agents, such as radiation, chemicals, or drugs.
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Scientific definitions for aplastic anemia

aplastic anemia
[ ā-plăstĭk ]

A form of anemia in which the capacity of the bone marrow to generate red blood cells is defective. Aplastic anemia may be caused by bone marrow disease or exposure to toxic agents, such as radiation, chemicals, or drugs.
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