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Recent Examples on the Web Nicholas was born with a rare disease called thrombocytopenia-absent radius syndrome, which is characterized by missing bones and a low blood platelet count. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "‘He will continue to fight’: Allen boy’s life-changing surgery postponed amid coronavirus pandemic," 3 Apr. 2020 Unlike anticoagulant drugs, which interfere with clotting factors in the blood, aspirin works by stopping blood platelets from sticking together to form clots that can block an artery. New York Times, "Aspirin, the Original Wonder Drug," 9 Mar. 2020 Raising $360 million for cancer Speeding through traffic in Jordan's capital city of Amman in 1995, Princess Mired shook a tube of blood platelets donated by a family member. Abigail Roberts, ABC News, "Jordan challenges stigma attached to cancer in the Middle East," 7 Mar. 2020 What wasn't common to the doctors who treated the babies were the more unusual symptoms: anemia, an elevated heart rate and a low blood platelet count. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "2 newborns sickened by tick bites could signal an increase in infections among babies," 27 Nov. 2019 His blood platelet count was so low that even a slight bump to his body could trigger a lethal brain bleed. Ryan Prior, CNN, "This med student was given last rites before finding a treatment that saved his life. His method could help millions," 14 Sep. 2019 The American Red Cross and blood banks throughout the Chicago area say there’s a blood platelet shortage and is asking those eligible to consider donating in the coming days and weeks. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Former Madigan operative’s house raided, Aviary waitress allegedly spits on Eric Trump and other things to know to start your day," 27 June 2019 The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is asking for donations, especially for those that can donate blood platelets and O-negative blood. Christopher Dawson, CNN, "How to help the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting," 21 May 2018 Thrombocytopenia means a low blood platelet count, according to the Mayo Clinic. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "There's a new tick in the U.S. and experts are worried," 10 May 2018

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1888, in the meaning defined above

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