porphyria

[ pawr-feer-ee-uh, -fahy-ree-uh ]
/ pɔrˈfɪər i ə, -ˈfaɪ ri ə /

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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Also called hematoporphyria.

Origin of porphyria

First recorded in 1920–25; porphyr(in) + -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for porphyria

porphyria
/ (pɔːˈfɪrɪə) /

noun

a hereditary disease of body metabolism, producing abdominal pain, mental confusion, etc

Word Origin for porphyria

C19: from New Latin, from porphyrin a purple substance excreted by patients suffering from this condition, from Greek porphura purple
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Medical definitions for porphyria

porphyria
[ pôr-fîrē-ə ]

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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