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[dis-krey-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
noun Pathology.
  1. a malfunction or abnormal condition, especially an imbalance of the constituents of the blood.
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Origin of dyscrasia

1350–1400; Middle English; < Medieval Latin < Greek dyskrasía bad mixture, equivalent to dys- dys- + krâs(is) a mixing + -ia -ia
Related formsdys·cra·si·al, dys·cras·ic [dis-kraz-ik, -kras-] /dɪsˈkræz ɪk, -ˈkræs-/, dys·crat·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dyscrasia


  1. obsolete any abnormal physiological condition, esp of the blood
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Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Medieval Latin: an imbalance of humours, from Greek, from dys- + -krasia, from krasis a mixing
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dyscrasia in Medicine


  1. An abnormal state or disorder of the body, especially of the blood.
  2. Disease. No longer in technical use.
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