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
b : ischemia
2 : lack of vitality

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Some girls skip their periods for health problems, such as anemia or painful cramps, and others just don't want to bleed that month (like because of a vacay or prom night) and that's okay. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "10 Period Myths You Shouldn't Believe," 31 Oct. 2017 The heavy bleeding can even go so far as to cause anemia. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "How to Tell If You Have Uterine Fibroids," 11 May 2018 On the bright side, my period, which had been so hideously long and heavy that I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia, dwindled to a trickle that came and went in four uneventful days. Therese Shechter, SELF, "Menopause Was the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me," 13 Mar. 2019 Some conditions, like sickle-cell anemia, rest entirely on a single small genetic change; but others, like schizophrenia, rest on a dizzying array of genetic differences, all seemingly linked to an infinitesimally tiny increase in risk. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Large genetic study finds first genes connected with ADHD," 27 Nov. 2018 Other common anemia symptoms include weakness, fatigue, an irregular heartbeat, paler skin, chest pain, and headaches. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Reasons You Might Be Feeling Cold All the Time," 16 Oct. 2018 The therapy aims to treat beta thalassemia, a disease caused by a defective gene that hinders production of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen through the blood, and can cause severe anemia, fatigue and organ damage. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Biotech Proposes Paying for Pricey Drugs by Installment," 8 Jan. 2019 The oldest person in Europe has been eating raw eggs since her teens after her doctor recommended them to counter anemia. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "Here's How to Basically Live Forever—According to the Oldest People in the World," 11 July 2017 This intestinal damage can also cause diarrhea, fatigue, bloating, anemia, and more, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "13 Surprising Medical Conditions That Can Cause Weight Gain or Loss (and When to Go to the Doctor)," 12 Nov. 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 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
2 : ischemia

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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