- a hereditary disease characterized by an inability of the blood to clot because of a deficiency of a coagulation factor.
Origin of Christmas disease
1952; after S. Christmas, the first sufferer from the disease to be examined in detail
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- a relatively mild type of haemophilia, caused by lack of a protein (Christmas factor) implicated in the process of blood clotting
Word Origin for Christmas disease
C20: named after S. Christmas, the first patient suffering from the disease who was examined in detail
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- hemophilia B
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