polycythemia

noun
poly·​cy·​the·​mia | \ ˌpä-lē-(ˌ)sī-ˈthē-mē-ə \

Definition of polycythemia

: a condition marked by an abnormal increase in the number of circulating red blood cells specifically : polycythemia vera

Other Words from polycythemia

polycythemic \ ˌpä-​lē-​(ˌ)sī-​ˈthē-​mik \ adjective

First Known Use of polycythemia

circa 1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polycythemia

New Latin, from poly- + cyt- + -hemia

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polycythemia

noun
poly·​cy·​the·​mia
variants: or chiefly British polycythaemia \ -​(ˌ)sī-​ˈthē-​mē-​ə \

Medical Definition of polycythemia

: a condition marked by an abnormal increase in the number of circulating red blood cells especially : polycythemia vera — compare erythrocytosis

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