noun \ə-ˈnē-mē-ə\

medical : a condition in which a person has fewer red blood cells than normal and feels very weak and tired

Full Definition of ANEMIA

a :  a condition in which the blood is deficient in red blood cells, in hemoglobin, or in total volume
b :  ischemia
:  lack of vitality

Origin of ANEMIA

New Latin, from Greek anaimia bloodlessness, from a- + -aimia -emia
First Known Use: 1800

Other Physiology Terms

eructation, flux, gustatory, menarche, myopia, senescence, torpor

Rhymes with ANEMIA


noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANEMIA

: a condition in which the blood is deficient in red blood cells, in hemoglobin, or in total volume—see aplastic anemia, hyperchromic anemia, hypochromic anemia, megaloblastic anemia, microcytic anemia, pernicious anemia, sickle-cell anemia; compare oligocythemia
ane·mic or chiefly British anae·mic \ə-ˈnē-mik\ adjective
ane·mi·cal·ly or chiefly British anae·mi·cal·ly \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of ANEMIA

ane·mia or chiefly British anae·mia \ə-ˈnē-mē-ə\


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Condition in which erythrocytes are reduced in number or volume or are deficient in hemoglobin. The patient is usually noticeably pale. Close to 100 varieties exist (including aplastic anemia, pernicious anemia, and sickle-cell anemia), distinguished by cause; erythrocyte size, shape, and hemoglobin content; and symptoms. Anemia may result from blood loss; increased destruction, reduced production, or inhibited formation of red cells; or hormone deficiency. Treatment may involve nutrition, toxin removal, drugs, surgery, or transfusion. See also folic-acid-deficiency anemia, iron-deficiency anemia.


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