polycythemia vera

play
noun polycythemia ve·ra \-ˈvir-ə\

Definition of polycythemia vera

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of polycythemia vera

New Latin, true polycythemia


First Known Use: circa 1925


Medical Dictionary

polycythemia vera

play
noun polycythemia ve·ra \-ˈvir-ə\

Medical Definition of polycythemia vera

  1. :  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


Learn More about polycythemia vera


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up polycythemia vera? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to bile

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!