erythroblastosis fetalis

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erythroblastosis fe·​ta·​lis | \ -fi-ˈta-ləs How to pronounce erythroblastosis fetalis (audio) \

Definition of erythroblastosis fetalis

: a hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn that occurs when the immune system of an Rh-negative mother produces antibodies to an antigen in the blood of an Rh-positive fetus which cross the placenta and destroy fetal erythrocytes and that is characterized by an increase in circulating erythroblasts and by jaundice

First Known Use of erythroblastosis fetalis

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for erythroblastosis fetalis

New Latin, fetal erythroblastosis

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The first known use of erythroblastosis fetalis was circa 1934

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“Erythroblastosis fetalis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erythroblastosis%20fetalis. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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erythroblastosis fetalis

noun
erythroblastosis fe·​ta·​lis | \ -fi-ˈtal-əs How to pronounce erythroblastosis fetalis (audio) \

Medical Definition of erythroblastosis fetalis

: a hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn that is characterized by an increase in circulating erythroblasts and by jaundice and that occurs when the immune system of an Rh-negative mother produces antibodies to an antigen in the blood of an Rh-positive fetus which cross the placenta and destroy fetal red blood cells

called also hemolytic disease of the newborn, Rh disease

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