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
2 : lack of vitality

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Recent Examples on the Web Lead can cause reproductive harm and gastrointestinal issues, along with anemia, memory issues, and depression. Tim Macwelch/outdoor Life, Popular Science, "Bone broth will sustain you at home and in the wild. Here’s how to make it.," 5 Oct. 2020 Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia, and simply eating more iron-rich foods can help. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, "Why Am I Always Cold? 10 Reasons Why Experts Say You're Constantly Freezing," 30 Sep. 2020 Reed has high blood pressure, anemia, arthritis and thyroid and kidney disease, all fairly well controlled. Judith Graham, CNN, "Elderly, ill and Black in a pandemic: 'I'm doing everything I can not to get this virus'," 1 Sep. 2020 Covis Pharma agreed to buy Amag Pharmaceuticals Inc. for about $498 million, gaining a specialty pharmaceutical company with a treatment for iron deficiency anemia that’s been under pressure to improve its performance from an activist investor. Scott Deveau,, "Apollo’s Covis Nears Deal to Buy Amag Pharmaceutical," 30 Sep. 2020 Medical records show Kaitlyn died from cardiac arrest with a secondary cause being severe anemia. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Lice infestation, years of neglect led to 12-year-old's death: Georgia investigators," 30 Sep. 2020 The National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases also report that those with thyroid issues may also be more likely to suffer from type-1 diabetes, anemia, and other conditions, which may be the root cause of raging thirst. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Why Am I Always Thirsty? 9 Explanations for Excessive Thirst, According to Experts," 27 Sep. 2020 Placental insufficiency can happen in women who have blood clotting disorders, anemia, and diabetes, Dr. Greves says. Korin Miller,, "Chrissy Teigen Says She Has a 'Weak' Placenta—But What Does That Mean?," 18 Sep. 2020 Because Crohn’s is usually painful and is associated with complications including bowel perforation, anemia and malnutrition, patients are usually treated with medications to calm down the immune system and reduce the inflammation. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "He Had Recurring Pain for Nearly a Decade," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of anemia was in 1800

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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Anemia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce anemia (audio)

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 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 anaemia (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

Other Words from anemia

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

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