[ hee-muh-kroh-muh-toh-sis, hem-uh- ]
/ ˌhi məˌkroʊ məˈtoʊ sɪs, ˌhɛm ə- /

noun Pathology.

a rare metabolic disorder characterized by a bronzed skin, cirrhosis, and severe diabetes, caused by the deposit in tissue, especially of the liver and pancreas, of hemosiderin and other pigments containing iron.

Origin of hemochromatosis

First recorded in 1895–1900; hemo- + chromat- + -osis
Also called bronze diabetes.

Related forms

he·mo·chro·ma·tot·ic [hee-moh-kroh-muh-tot-ik, hem-oh-] /ˌhi moʊˌkroʊ məˈtɒt ɪk, ˌhɛm oʊ-/, adjective
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Medicine definitions for hemochromatosis


[ hē′mə-krō′mə-tōsĭs ]


A hereditary disorder of iron metabolism characterized by excessive accumulation of iron in tissues, diabetes mellitus, liver dysfunction, and a bronze skin pigmentation.bronzed disease
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