ane·​mia ə-ˈnē-mē-ə How to pronounce anemia (audio)
: a condition in which the blood is deficient in red blood cells, in hemoglobin, or in total volume
: lack of vitality

Examples of anemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Impairment of this reaction will result in megaloblastic anemia. Elizabeth Barnes, Verywell Health, 16 July 2024 Feeling sluggish all the time could be because of iron deficiency anemia, and constipation and bloating may be related to hypothyroidism or irritable bowel syndrome. Trisha Pasricha, Washington Post, 1 July 2024 Many diseases and disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, are caused by misfolded proteins. Quanta Magazine, 26 June 2024 Early results from X-rays, DNA analyses and CT scans show that anemia, malnutrition, tuberculosis and osteoporosis were prevalent across the populations studied, even among the higher social classes. Eli Wizevich, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for anemia 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of anemia was in 1800

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Cite this Entry

“Anemia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


ane·​mia ə-ˈnē-mē-ə How to pronounce anemia (audio)
: a condition in which the blood has less than the normal amount of red blood cells, hemoglobin, or total volume and which is usually marked by weakness, exhaustion, pale skin, shortness of breath, and abnormal heartbeat

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British anaemia
: 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
anemic adjective
or chiefly British anaemic
anemically adverb
or chiefly British anaemically
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