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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are other medical causes for feeling cold, especially anemia, which should also be checked. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 1 Mar. 2023 Certain medical conditions, such as anemia, diabetes, immune disorders, and some cancers put you at risk of AC. Isadora Baum, Men's Health, 16 Feb. 2023 Some listed under the scheme—such as folic acid to treat anemia, or blood clotting, biotin to treat skin conditions and glipizide to treat diabetes—cost $2 or less for a 30-day supply. Robert Hart, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Doctor King used to say America has a high blood pressure of creeds, but an anemia of deeds. John Blake, CNN, 21 Jan. 2023 Your dosage will also depend on the severity of your iron deficiency, such as a mild deficiency or iron deficiency anemia. Tamar Kane, Verywell Health, 5 Feb. 2023 For those with iron deficiency anemia, turmeric should be avoided in high quantities. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 18 Oct. 2022 The provider may run blood work to evaluate for anemia, vitamin deficiency, thyroid abnormalities, irregular hormone levels and autoimmune markers. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2022 According to the researcher, the longer astronauts stay in space, the longer space anemia will plague them on solid land. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 1 Jun. 2023.

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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