ane·​mia | \ə-ˈnē-mē-ə \

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

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Patients were sent with diagnoses like lymphocytic colitis, severe diabetes, chronic skin ulcers, severe anemia and kidney disease, colostomy and suicidal thoughts. Stacey Burling,, "Shelters, hospitals 'playing ping pong' with Philadelphia's homeless, sick population," 28 June 2018 He has been treated for multiple conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic degenerative disc and anemia, records show. Fred Clasen-kelly, charlotteobserver, "His bedbug bites are so bad, his doctor told him to move: 'I sprayed Raid on my skin.'," 20 June 2018 The most common side effects were nausea, anemia and fatigue and in both groups about 65% of patients experienced severe side effects. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Treatment combo nearly doubles survival time in lung cancer patients, study finds," 16 Apr. 2018 The team recently got LaToya Sanders back after the forward missed the first five games of the season with anemia., "Digest: Delle Donne, several Mystics dealing with ailments," 7 June 2018 Friborg learns to love her sport After being diagnosed with iron deficiency and anemia last spring, Samantha Friborg wasn’t able to run the 800 meters for Acton-Boxborugh at the 2017 All-State meet. Craig Larson,, "The spring season got off to a soggy start, but had a brilliant finish," 28 June 2018 Think of the 85-year-old with high cholesterol, anemia and arthritis. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Amazon the Rx Disrupter," 29 June 2018 Complications that threaten human life including swelling of the blood vessels in the brain, a build-up of fluid in the lungs, organ failure (of the kidneys, liver or spleen, anemia, and low blood sugar. Fox News, "Bill Gates donates $4M to create mosquitoes that kill each other using sex," 22 June 2018 Protectively, many of those women have received chemotherapy, which can have devastating side effects, including anemia, a weakened immune system, hair loss, diarrhea, fatigue and memory loss. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Many women with common breast cancer can safely skip chemo, study says," 3 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of anemia

medical : 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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective
anemically or chiefly British anaemically \ -​mi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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