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erythroblastosis fetalis

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noun erythroblastosis fe·ta·lis \-fi-ˈta-ləs\

Definition of erythroblastosis fetalis

  1. :  a hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn that occurs when the system of an Rh-negative mother produces antibodies to an antigen in the blood of an Rh-positive fetus which cross the placenta and destroy fetal erythrocytes and that is characterized by an increase in circulating erythroblasts and by jaundice



Origin of erythroblastosis fetalis

New Latin, fetal erythroblastosis


First Known Use: circa 1934


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erythroblastosis fetalis

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noun erythroblastosis fe·ta·lis \-fi-ˈtal-əs\

Medical Definition of erythroblastosis fetalis

  1. :  a hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn that is characterized by an increase in circulating erythroblasts and by jaundice and that occurs when the system of an Rh-negative mother produces antibodies to an antigen in the blood of an Rh-positive fetus which cross the placenta and destroy fetal red blood cells—called also hemolytic disease of the newborn, Rh disease




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