polycythemia vera

noun
polycythemia ve·​ra | \ -ˈvir-ə How to pronounce polycythemia vera (audio) \

Definition of polycythemia vera

: polycythemia of unknown cause that is marked by increase in total blood volume and accompanied by nosebleed, distension of the circulatory vessels, and enlargement of the spleen

called also erythremia

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Recent Examples on the Web Her family said the cause was polycythemia vera, a rare blood cancer that had been diagnosed 35 years ago. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Phyllis George, trailblazing sportscaster, dies at 70," 17 May 2020 Her family said the cause was polycythemia vera, a rare blood cancer that had been diagnosed 35 years ago. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Phyllis George, trailblazing sportscaster, dies at 70," 17 May 2020 Her family said the cause was polycythemia vera, a rare blood cancer that had been diagnosed 35 years ago. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Phyllis George, Trailblazing Sportscaster, Is Dead at 70," 16 May 2020 Pamela gave birth to a daughter, Vivienne, in February, and George was able to meet her granddaughter shortly before being hospitalized with complications stemming from a blood disorder, polycythemia vera. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Phyllis George, pioneering sportscaster and former Miss America, has died," 16 May 2020 Called fedratinib, the drug treats the bone marrow cancers polycythemia vera and myleofibrosis. U-t News Services, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Celgene to buy San Diego cancer-drug maker Impact for $1.1B," 8 Jan. 2018 Called fedratinib, the drug treats the bone marrow cancers polycythemia vera and myleofibrosis. U-t News Services, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Celgene to buy San Diego cancer-drug maker Impact for $1.1B," 8 Jan. 2018 Called fedratinib, the drug treats the bone marrow cancers polycythemia vera and myleofibrosis. U-t News Services, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Celgene to buy San Diego cancer-drug maker Impact for $1.1B," 8 Jan. 2018 Called fedratinib, the drug treats the bone marrow cancers polycythemia vera and myleofibrosis. U-t News Services, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Celgene to buy San Diego cancer-drug maker Impact for $1.1B," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of polycythemia vera

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polycythemia vera

New Latin, true polycythemia

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polycythemia vera

noun
polycythemia ve·​ra | \ -ˈvir-ə How to pronounce polycythemia vera (audio) \

Medical Definition of polycythemia vera

: chronic polycythemia that is a myeloproliferative disorder of unknown cause characterized by an increase in total blood volume and viscosity and typically accompanied by nosebleed, headache, dizziness, weakness, itchy skin, reddish complexion, distension of the circulatory vessels, and enlargement of the spleen

called also erythremia, erythrocythemia, Vaquez's disease

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