beta-thalassemia

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be·​ta-thal·​as·​se·​mia | \ ˈbā-tə-ˌtha-lə-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce beta-thalassemia (audio) \

Definition of beta-thalassemia

: thalassemia in which the longer hemoglobin chain is affected and which comprises Cooley's anemia in the homozygous condition and thalassemia minor in the heterozygous condition

First Known Use of beta-thalassemia

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Beta-thalassemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beta-thalassemia. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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beta-thalassemia

noun
be·​ta-thal·​as·​se·​mia
variants: or β-thalassemia or British beta-thalassaemia or β-thalassaemia \ -​ˌthal-​ə-​ˈsē-​mē-​ə \

Medical Definition of beta-thalassemia

: thalassemia in which the hemoglobin chains designated beta are affected and which comprises Cooley's anemia in the homozygous condition and thalassemia minor in the heterozygous condition — compare alpha-thalassemia

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