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[hahy-per-splee-niz-uh m, -splen-iz-]
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noun Pathology.
  1. an abnormal condition characterized by an enlarged spleen that prematurely destroys red blood cells or platelets.
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Origin of hypersplenism

First recorded in 1910–15; hyper- + splen- + -ism
Also called hy·per·sple·ni·a [hahy-per-splee-nee-uh] /ˌhaɪ pərˈspli ni ə/.
Related formshy·per·sple·nic, adjective
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hypersplenism in Medicine


(hī′pər-splĕnĭz′əm, -splēnĭz′əm)
  1. A condition in which the hemolytic action of the spleen is greatly increased.
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