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From the Greek thalasso- ("sea") and -emia ("blood")αἷμα. The etymology indicates the epidemiology of the disorder in that it commonly occurs in patients of Mediterranean descent. The term was first used in 1932.
thalassemia (plural thalassemias)
- (medicine) Any of a group of inherited disorders in which the amount of hemoglobin in the blood is reduced