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thalassemia

[ thal-uh-see-mee-uh ]
/ ˌθæl əˈsi mi ə /
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noun Pathology.
a hereditary form of anemia, occurring chiefly in people of Mediterranean origin, marked by the abnormal synthesis of hemoglobin and a consequent shortened life span of red blood cells.

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Also called Cooley's anemia.

Origin of thalassemia

1932; <Greek thálass(a) sea (alluding to the Mediterranean Sea; the anemia was first reported among children in Mediterranean countries) + -emia
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Medical definitions for thalassemia

thalassemia
[ thăl′ə-sēmē-ə ]

n.
Any of a group of inherited forms of anemia occurring chiefly among people of Mediterranean descent, caused by faulty synthesis of part of the hemoglobin molecule.Mediterranean anemia
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Scientific definitions for thalassemia

thalassemia
[ thăl′ə-sēmē-ə ]

Any of a group of inherited forms of anemia occurring chiefly among people of Mediterranean descent, caused by faulty synthesis of part of the hemoglobin molecule
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