porphyria [pawr- feer-ee- uh, - fahy-ree- uh] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Pathology a defect of blood pigment metabolism in which porphyrins are produced in excess, are present in the blood, and are found in the urine.
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C19: from New Latin, from
porphyrin a purple substance excreted by patients suffering from this condition, from Greek porphura purple
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Word Origin and History for porphyria n.
metabolic disorder, 1923, from
porphyrin (1910), the ame of the type of chemical which, in imbalance, causes it, from German porphyrin, chemical name, from Greek porphyros "purple" (see purple) + -in (2). Some of the compounds are purple.
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n. Any of several disorders of porphyrin metabolism, usually hereditary, characterized by large amounts of porphyrins in the blood and urine.
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