aplastic anemia

aplas·​tic anemia | \ (ˌ)ā-ˈpla-stik- How to pronounce aplastic anemia (audio) \

Definition of aplastic anemia

: anemia that is characterized by defective function of the blood-forming organs (such as the bone marrow) and is caused by toxic agents (such as chemicals or X-rays) or is idiopathic in origin

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Recent Examples on the Web Emma’s medical team ultimately arrived at a diagnosis of severe aplastic anemia, failure of the bone marrow to produce critical blood cells and platelets. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2021 Olagbegi was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a blood disorder. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2021 Back in June 2020, Abraham was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare and life-threatening blood disorder. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 22 Nov. 2021 Continuing to manage her aplastic anemia, a life-long and life-threatening condition that causes bone marrow failure and weakens her immune system, Stephanie is now in remission and is looking to end her celibacy after two and a half years. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Schwartz, 14, is in critical need of a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed in January with aplastic anemia and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria — two life-threatening diseases that keep the body from producing blood cells. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, 25 May 2021 People who need a bone marrow transplant often have blood disorders or diseases that affect bone marrow function, such as leukemia, lymphoma or aplastic anemia. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, 19 Sep. 2019 Gabriel was diagnosed as an infant with aplastic anemia. Allen Kim, CNN, 23 Aug. 2019 Williams also found out about this support when one of her twins, Addyson, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia — a rare blood disorder in which her body does not produce enough new blood cells. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, 15 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of aplastic anemia

1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Aplastic anemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aplastic%20anemia. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of aplastic anemia

: severe anemia that results from defective functioning of the bone marrow with an abnormal reduction in blood cells and that is characterized especially by headache, fatigue, paleness, fever, recurrent infections, bruising or rashes, and rapid or irregular heartbeat

Note: Aplastic anemia is often of unknown cause but may occur as a congenital or inherited condition (as in Fanconi's anemia) or be caused by exposure to toxic agents (such as chemicals, drugs, or X-rays) or infection with pathogens (such as hepatitis virus or HIV).

called also hypoplastic anemia

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