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hemophilia

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noun he·mo·phil·ia \ˌhē-mə-ˈfi-lē-ə\

Simple Definition of hemophilia

  • medical : a serious disease that causes a person who has been cut or injured to keep bleeding for a very long time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hemophilia

  1. :  a sex-linked hereditary blood defect that occurs almost exclusively in males and is characterized by delayed clotting of the blood and consequent difficulty in controlling hemorrhage even after minor injuries

Origin and Etymology of hemophilia

New Latin


First Known Use: 1872

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hemophilia

noun he·mo·phil·ia

Medical Definition of hemophilia

  1. :  a tendency to uncontrollable bleeding; especially :  a hereditary, sex-linked blood disorder occurring almost exclusively in males that is marked by delayed clotting of the blood with prolonged or excessive internal or external bleeding after injury or surgery and in severe cases spontaneous bleeding into joints and muscles and that is caused by a deficiency of clotting factors Hemophilia is inherited as an X-linked recessive trait in which the mother must pass on a copy of the defective gene to a male child, and more rarely, both parents must pass on copies of the defective gene to a female child.

—see hemophilia a, hemophilia b; compare von willebrand disease

Variants of hemophilia

or chiefly British

haemophilia

\ˌhē-mə-ˈfil-ē-ə\play

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