achrestic anemia

noun achres·tic anemia \ə-ˈkre-stik-\

Definition of achrestic anemia

  1. :  chronic progressive macrocytic anemia characterized by a refractoriness to liver therapy

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Origin and Etymology of achrestic anemia

2a- + Greek chrēstikos knowing how to use, understanding the use of; from the hypothesis that the body of a sufferer from this disease is unable to use the antianemic principle contained in the body

First Known Use: 1942

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