met·​he·​mo·​glo·​bi·​ne·​mia | \ ˌmet-ˌhē-mə-ˌglō-bə-ˈnē-mē-ə How to pronounce methemoglobinemia (audio) \

Definition of methemoglobinemia

: the presence of methemoglobin in the blood

Examples of methemoglobinemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The patient featured in the new case report developed methemoglobinemia after using medication to treat a toothache. Maggie O'neill,, "What is Methemoglobinemia? What to Know About the Rare Disorder That Turned One Woman’s Blood Blue," 19 Sep. 2019 In 2011, the agency warned consumers about the methemoglobinemia potential of the products. Jen Christensen, CNN, "FDA warns that benzocaine teething products aren't safe for children," 23 May 2018 The most common active ingredient, benzocaine, a local anesthetic, can cause a blood disease methemoglobinemia which prevents red blood cells from carrying oxygen to the baby’s body., "Why it's time to abandon teething medications," 7 June 2018 The local anesthetic can cause a condition called methemoglobinemia, which reduces the amount of oxygen in a person’s blood and can be life-threatening, according to the FDA. Abigail Abrams, Time, "FDA Warns That Benzocaine Teething Products Are Not Safe for Children," 25 May 2018 The biggest health concern benzocaine in over-the-counter oral health products is a dangerous condition known as methemoglobinemia. Korin Miller, SELF, "The FDA Wants Benzocaine Teething Products Taken Off the Market," 24 May 2018 The common topical anesthetic in teething gels, prays, ointments, and lozenges can lead to a serious and sometimes fatal condition called methemoglobinemia, in which red blood cells can no longer carry as much oxygen. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Don't Use Baby Teething Medicine With Benzocaine, the FDA Warns," 23 May 2018 If your child has ingested products with benzocaine, look for symptoms of methemoglobinemia. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "FDA says stop using over-the-counter benzocaine products on teething infants," 23 May 2018 Symptoms of methemoglobinemia include shortness of breath, blue, gray or pale skin color, dizziness, fatigue and rapid heart rate. Char Adams,, "Virginia Mom Warns Parents After 'Perfectly Healthy' Toddler Nearly Dies From Teething Gel," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of methemoglobinemia

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for methemoglobinemia

New Latin

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variants: or chiefly British methaemoglobinaemia \ ˌmet-​ˌhē-​mə-​ˌglō-​bə-​ˈnē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce methaemoglobinaemia (audio) \

Medical Definition of methemoglobinemia

: the presence of methemoglobin in the blood due to conversion of part of the hemoglobin to this inactive form

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