Duffy

biographical name Duf·fy \ ˈdə-fē \

Definition of Duffy

Dame Carol Ann 1955–     British poet; poet laureate (2009–  )

Duffy

biographical name

Definition of Duffy

Sir Charles Gavan 1816–1903 Irish nationalist and Australian politician

Medical Dictionary

Duffy

adjective Duf·fy \ ˈdəf-ē \

medical Definition of Duffy

:relating to, characteristic of, or being a system of blood groups determined by the presence or absence of any of several antigens in red blood cells
  • Duffy blood group system
  • Duffy antigens
  • Duffy blood typing

Biographical Note for duffy

  • Duffy, Richard (1906–1956), British hemophiliac. In 1949 Duffy was given a blood transfusion after having developed a large hematoma on his chest. When he developed a reaction to the transfusion, the research unit at London's Postgraduate Medical School compared samples of his blood with donor blood and discovered the existence of a new blood group system. In 1950 the researchers, Marie Cutbush, Patrick L. Mollison, and Dorothy M. Parkin, reported their discovery in a letter to Nature and named the blood group system in honor of the patient.

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