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hemophilia

[hee-muh-fil-ee-uh, -feel-yuh, hem-uh-]
noun
  1. any of several X-linked genetic disorders, symptomatic chiefly in males, in which excessive bleeding occurs owing to the absence or abnormality of a clotting factor in the blood.
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Origin of hemophilia

From New Latin, dating back to 1850–55; see origin at hemo-, -philia
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Examples from the Web for hemophilia

Historical Examples

  • In 1539 Benedictus noted the occurrence of hemophilia or bleeders' disease.

    The Century of Columbus

    James J. Walsh

  • Hemophilia is a peculiar disease, consisting in frequent and often uncontrollable hemorrhages.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

  • An even more striking manifestation of a physical anomaly, as a family trait, is the condition known as hemophilia.

  • Coagulation is notably delayed in hemophilia and icterus and after administration of citric acid.

  • In hemophilia, uncontrollable bleeding may occur from trifling injuries.


Word Origin and History for hemophilia

n.

1854 (in anglicized form hæmophily), from German hämophile, coined 1828 by German physician Johann Lucas Schönlein (1793-1864), from Greek haima "blood" (see -emia) + philia "to love" (see -philia), here with a sense of "tendency to."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hemophilia in Medicine

hemophilia

(hē′mə-fĭlē-ə, -fēlyə)
n.
  1. Any of several hereditary blood-coagulation disorders, manifested almost exclusively in males, in which the blood fails to clot normally because of a deficiency or an abnormality of one of the clotting factors.
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hemophilia in Science

hemophilia

[hē′mə-fĭlē-ə]
  1. Any of several hereditary coagulation disorders, seen almost exclusively in males, in which the blood fails to clot normally because of a deficiency or an abnormality of one of the clotting factors.
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hemophilia in Culture

hemophilia

[(hee-muh-fil-ee-uh, hee-muh-feel-yuh)]

A hereditary disease caused by a deficiency of a substance in the blood that aids in clotting. Hemophiliacs can bleed to death even from small cuts and bruises, because their blood has largely lost the ability to clot.

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Note

Queen Victoria of Britain, whose descendants have been kings and queens of several countries in Europe, carried the gene for hemophilia, which has turned up repeatedly in royal families since her lifetime. Her great-grandson, the heir to the throne of Russia, suffered from the disease, and his parents fell under the influence of the monk Grigori Rasputin in hopes of a miraculous cure. The resulting chaos in the government of Russia helped bring on the Russian Revolution and the establishment of the Soviet Union.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.