hemophilia


he·mo·phil·ia

noun \ˌhē-mə-ˈfi-lē-ə\

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

Full Definition of HEMOPHILIA

:  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 of HEMOPHILIA

New Latin
First Known Use: 1872

Other Genetics Terms

chimera, hermaphrodite, plasticity

he·mo·phil·ia

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HEMOPHILIA

: 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—compare christmas disease, hemorrhagic diathesis

Variants of HEMOPHILIA

he·mo·phil·ia or chiefly British hae·mo·phil·ia \ˌhē-mə-ˈfil-ē-ə\

hemophilia

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Hereditary bleeding disorder caused by deficiency of a coagulation factor. Lack of factor VIII causes classic hemophilia; other types are caused by deficiency of factor IX or XI. The first two are transmitted by sex-linked heredity; the third has dominant inheritance and occurs in females as well as males. Spontaneous bleeding may occur. Even trivial injury can cause life-threatening blood loss. Drugs can be given to stop bleeding. Heavy blood loss requires blood transfusions.

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