polycythemia

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noun poly·cy·the·mia \-(ˌ)sī-ˈthē-mē-ə\

Definition of polycythemia

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

polycythemic

play \-mik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of polycythemia

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


First Known Use: circa 1857


Medical Dictionary

polycythemia

noun poly·cy·the·mia
variants: or chiefly British

polycythaemia

\-(ˌ)sī-ˈthē-mē-ə\play

Medical Definition of polycythemia

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


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