thalassemia

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek θάλασσα (thálassa, sea) (see also thalass-) and -emia (blood) (from αἷμα (haîma)). The etymology is suggestive of the epidemiology of the disorder, which is more common in people of Mediterranean descent. First used in 1932.

Noun[edit]

thalassemia (plural thalassemias)

  1. (medicine) Any of a group of inherited disorders in which the amount of hemoglobin in the blood is reduced.

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