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polycythemia

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noun poly·cy·the·mia \-(ˌ)sī-ˈthē-mē-ə\

Definition of polycythemia

  1. :  a condition marked by an abnormal increase in the number of circulating red blood cells; specifically :  polycythemia vera

poly·cy·the·mic play \-mik\ adjective


Origin of polycythemia

New Latin, from poly- + cyt- + -hemia


First Known Use: circa 1857


Medical Dictionary

polycythemia

noun poly·cy·the·mia

Medical Definition of polycythemia

  1. :  a condition marked by an abnormal increase in the number of circulating red blood cells; especially :  polycythemia vera—compare erythrocytosis



Variants of polycythemia

or chiefly British poly·cy·thae·mia \-(ˌ)sī-ˈthē-mē-ə\play

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