thalassemia

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek θάλασσα ‎(thálassa, sea) (see also thalass-) and -emia ‎(blood) (from αἷμα ‎(haîma)). 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.

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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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