ane·​mia | \ ə-ˈnē-mē-ə How to pronounce anemia (audio) \

Definition of anemia

1a : a condition in which the blood is deficient in red blood cells, in hemoglobin, or in total volume
b : ischemia
2 : lack of vitality

Examples of anemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Considering the length of time the space anemia can stick around, this research may also have implications for very active astronauts. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 14 Jan. 2022 One of the earlier signs of kidney disease is actually anemia, says Dr. Leisman. Hallie Levine,, 23 Nov. 2021 The death months later of her husband, Simon Monjack, which was also ruled as caused by severe anemia and acute pneumonia added more mystery to her passing. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 7 Oct. 2021 Why is iron deficiency anemia more common for female runners? Cammy Garvelink, Outside Online, 23 Feb. 2021 This means up to 10% of the population could have iron deficiency anemia. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Dec. 2021 Food insecurity increases risk of mental health issues, iron deficiency anemia, asthma risk (in children), poor nutrition and obesity, particularly in women. Jess Cording, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 Her focus on health is the result of being diagnosed with chronic pain and a variety of autoimmune diseases and health issues, including lupus, Sjögren’s syndrome, fibromyalgia, iron deficiency anemia, depression and anxiety. Rebecca Norris, Good Housekeeping, 11 Nov. 2021 Bluebird Bio said its study data showed a sustained clinical response to a treatment for sickle-cell anemia. James Willhite, WSJ, 13 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of anemia

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for anemia

New Latin, from Greek anaimia bloodlessness, from a- + -aimia -emia

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28 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of anemia

: a condition in which a person has fewer red blood cells than normal and feels very weak and tired


ane·​mia | \ ə-ˈnē-mē-ə How to pronounce anemia (audio) \

Kids Definition of anemia

: a sickness in which there is too little blood or too few red blood cells or too little hemoglobin in the blood


variants: or chiefly British anaemia \ ə-​ˈnē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce anemia (audio) \

Medical Definition of anemia

1 : a condition in which the blood is deficient in red blood cells, in hemoglobin, or in total volume — see aplastic anemia, hyperchromic anemia, hypochromic anemia, megaloblastic anemia, microcytic anemia, pernicious anemia, sickle cell anemia — compare oligocythemia
2 : ischemia

Other Words from anemia

anemic or chiefly British anaemic \ ə-​ˈnē-​mik How to pronounce anemia (audio) \ adjective
anemically or chiefly British anaemically \ -​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anemia (audio) \ adverb


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