thalassaemia

US thalassemia

noun

a hereditary disease, common in many parts of the world, resulting from defects in the synthesis of the red blood pigment haemoglobinAlso called: Cooley's anaemia (ˈkuːlɪz)

Nearby words

  1. thalamo-,
  2. thalamocortical,
  3. thalamotomy,
  4. thalamus,
  5. thalassa,
  6. thalassemia,
  7. thalassemia major,
  8. thalassic,
  9. thalasso-,
  10. thalassocracy

Word Origin for thalassaemia

New Latin, from Greek thalassa sea + -aemia, from it being esp prevalent round the eastern Mediterranean Sea

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