thalassemia


thal·as·se·mia

noun \ˌtha-lə-ˈsē-mē-ə\

Definition of THALASSEMIA

:  any of a group of inherited disorders of hemoglobin synthesis affecting the globin chain that are characterized usually by mild to severe hemolytic anemia, are caused by a series of allelic genes, and tend to occur especially in individuals of Mediterranean, black, or southeast Asian ancestry; especially :  cooley's anemia
thal·as·se·mic \-mik\ adjective or noun

Origin of THALASSEMIA

New Latin, from Greek thalassa sea + New Latin -emia
First Known Use: 1932

Rhymes with THALASSEMIA

thal·as·se·mia

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of THALASSEMIA

: any of a group of inherited hypochromic anemias and especially Cooley's anemia controlled by a series of allelic genes that cause reduction in or failure of synthesis of one of the globin chains making up hemoglobin and that tend to occur especially in individuals of Mediterranean, African, or southeastern Asian ancestry—sometimes used with a prefix (as alpha-, beta-, or delta-) to indicate the hemoglobin chain affected; called also Mediterranean anemia; see beta-thalassemia

Variants of THALASSEMIA

thal·as·se·mia or British thal·as·sae·mia \ˌthal-ə-ˈsē-mē-ə\

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