- a defect of blood pigment metabolism in which porphyrins are produced in excess, are present in the blood, and are found in the urine.
Origin of porphyria
Also called hematoporphyria.
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Examples from the Web for porphyria
Would she not almost be ready, in such an hour, to die as Porphyria died?Browning's Heroines
Ethel Colburn Mayne
Was called "Porphyria's Lover" in the Works, 1863 and after.A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)
Mrs. Sutherland Orr
But the two which are much the most noteworthy are "Johannes Agricola" and "Porphyria."
Pauline, of course, exists only as an abstraction, and Porphyria is in no exact sense a portrait from the life.
This species differs from A. porphyria in ring not being brown or brownish.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- a hereditary disease of body metabolism, producing abdominal pain, mental confusion, etc
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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of several disorders of porphyrin metabolism, usually hereditary, characterized by large amounts of porphyrins in the blood and urine.
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