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polycythaemia

esp US polycythemia

/ (ˌpɒlɪsaɪˈθiːmɪə) /
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noun

an abnormal condition of the blood characterized by an increase in the number of red blood cells. It can occur as a primary disease of unknown cause (polycythaemia vera or erythraemia) or in association with respiratory or circulatory diseases

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Word Origin for polycythaemia

C19: from poly- + cyto- + -haemia
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