[hee-muh-fil-ee-uh, -feel-yuh, hem-uh-]
- 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.
Origin of hemophilia
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Examples from the Web for hemophilia
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.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
Coagulation is notably delayed in hemophilia and icterus and after administration of citric acid.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
In hemophilia, uncontrollable bleeding may occur from trifling injuries.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
Word Origin and History for hemophilia
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
- 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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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.
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