met·​he·​mo·​glo·​bi·​ne·​mia ˌmet-ˌhē-mə-ˌglō-bə-ˈnē-mē-ə How to pronounce methemoglobinemia (audio)
: the presence of methemoglobin in the blood

Examples of methemoglobinemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The result was a medical condition called methemoglobinemia. Mark Schleifstein,, 3 Jan. 2021 The family had a genetic condition called methemoglobinemia in which the body's tissues receive insufficient oxygen, according to the National Cancer Institute. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2013 Our book woman is one of the blue people of coal mining country; blue people had abnormal hemoglobin caused by a lack of oxygen, a disease called methemoglobinemia. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 He was transported to a local hospital and treated for methemoglobinemia until his hemoglobin levels returned to normal the next day. Mark Schleifstein,, 3 Jan. 2021 The protagonist is a woman who is a Kentucky Blue Fugate with the rare, real-life genetic condition methemoglobinemia, which turns white skin blue. Heather John Fogarty, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2020 When used at high levels, as is planned in the trials proposed by Berra, the gas will require close monitoring of hemoglobin levels to avert the development of methemoglobinemia, a condition in which red blood cells fail to bond to oxygen. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2020 While these reactions are rare, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to hospitals, noting that benzocaine can lead to methemoglobinemia. NBC News, 18 Sep. 2019 Warren explained in the study that patients with blue blood from methemoglobinemia still have high oxygen levels, despite oxygen-rich blood usually thought of as looking bright-red. Georgia Slater,, 20 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of methemoglobinemia was in 1888

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“Methemoglobinemia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British methaemoglobinaemia
: the presence of methemoglobin in the blood due to conversion of part of the hemoglobin to this inactive form

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