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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For much of the expansion, inflation remained stubbornly low, prompting an unprecedented stimulus campaign from the Federal Reserve to counteract its anemia. Josh Mitchell, WSJ, "Rising U.S. Consumer Prices Are Eroding Wage Gains," 10 Aug. 2018 The Chinese regulator also awarded priority review status, accelerating its assessment of the drug, which is aimed at patients on dialysis who are suffering from anemia caused by chronic kidney disease. Preetika Rana, WSJ, "Big Pharma Wins Drug Approval in China Ahead of West for First Time," 18 Dec. 2018 People are used to Seager starting the season slow, and when the M’s were 24 games above .500 and playing some of the best ball in the league, his offensive anemia went unnoticed. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Is this the start of Kyle Seager’s midseason turnaround? Mariners better hope so," 6 Aug. 2018 Yet most of these runners, even ultramarathoners like her patient, do not have a significant anemia. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Why Wouldn’t the Lump Under the Patient’s Jaw Go Away?," 18 Apr. 2018 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

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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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