aplastic anemia

noun
aplas·tic anemia | \(ˌ)ā-ˈplas-tik- \

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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Giavanna Danninger, 5, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia that led to a bone marrow transplant last fall. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc and Hartland families will participate in the 36-hour WKLH Miracle Marathon for Children's Hospital," 16 May 2018 It's been banned in food production in the U.S. because of possible severe side effects such as aplastic anemia and leukemia. Emily Main, Good Housekeeping, "6 Disgusting Facts About Farmed Shrimp," 27 July 2017 Kentucky's application to the federal government said this could include people with active cancer, aplastic anemia, blood clotting disorders, chronic alcohol or drug abuse and mental illness. Adam Beam, The Courier-Journal, "Study: Older and less-educated people most likely to lose coverage under Bevin's Medicaid," 16 Feb. 2018 Since being diagnosed last July with aplastic anemia, a rare disease that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells, the 5-year-old from Oconomowoc has fought for her life. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc 5-year-old fights rare disease," 13 Dec. 2017

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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aplastic anemia

noun

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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