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 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, "Mayo Clinic Q&A: Bone marrow transplants save lives — more donors are needed," 19 Sep. 2019 Gabriel was diagnosed as an infant with aplastic anemia. Allen Kim, CNN, "This 7-year-old had a chance to take a trip to Disney World. Instead, he chose to meet his bone marrow donor," 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, "Woodlands Mothers of Multiples group helps navigate challenges of twins, triplets," 15 July 2019 Angela was just 3 years old when she was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder that meant her body could not produce enough red blood cells. Nina Dos Santos, CNN, "Why this 7-year-old can't go anywhere near unvaccinated children," 26 June 2019 Knee pain and the bottom line Health insurance typically doesn’t cover stem cell injections, with the exception of certain accepted treatments, such as bone-marrow transplants for cancer and aplastic anemia. STAT, "Employers are steering workers toward a controversial stem cell therapy," 20 June 2019 Knee Pain and the Bottom Line Health insurance typically doesn’t cover stem cell injections, with the exception of certain accepted treatments, such as bone-marrow transplants for cancer and aplastic anemia. Time, "Employers Are Steering Workers Toward Controversial Stem Cell Therapies," 19 June 2019 Her Mia Hamm Foundation raises funds and awareness for bone marrow and cord blood transplants in honor of her late brother, Garrett, who died in 1997 of aplastic anemia. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Where are they now? Key members of the 1999 U.S. women's winning team," 31 May 2019 Dixon was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, aplastic anemia, in high school. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Dixon, Simmer, Wimbush win Comeback Player of Year honors," 18 Dec. 2018

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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 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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