porphyria

noun
por·​phyr·​ia | \ pȯr-ˈfir-ē-ə How to pronounce porphyria (audio) \

Definition of porphyria

: any of several usually hereditary abnormalities of porphyrin metabolism characterized by excretion of excess porphyrins in the urine

Examples of porphyria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After two centuries of largely deliberate and highly political misrepresentation, people on both sides of the Atlantic think that because George was a tyrant king and moreover mad with porphyria, Britain lost the American War of Independence. Andrew Roberts, Time, 9 Nov. 2021 The biotech has focused on treating rare genetic conditions such as acute hepatic porphyria, which can cause attacks of severe abdominal pain. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 The blood disorder porphyria may have supported this belief, according to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 11 June 2021 The Cambridge biotech’s new drug is called givosiran and treats a condition called acute hepatic porphyria. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Nov. 2019 It's given to patients with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and the blood disorder porphyria cutanea tarda, the CDC said. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 23 Mar. 2020 The medicine is intended to treat a rare genetic condition called acute hepatic porphyria that can cause attacks of severe abdominal pain. Kate Sheridan, STAT, 20 Nov. 2019 Only half of the people in one trial for givosiran showed a complete elimination of the attacks that can be a symptom of acute hepatic porphyria. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Nov. 2019 Only half of the people in one trial for givosiran showed a complete elimination of the attacks that can be a symptom of acute hepatic porphyria. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of porphyria

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for porphyria

New Latin, from International Scientific Vocabulary porphyrin

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The first known use of porphyria was in 1923

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19 Nov 2021

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“Porphyria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porphyria. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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porphyria

noun
por·​phyr·​ia | \ pȯr-ˈfir-ē-ə How to pronounce porphyria (audio) \

Medical Definition of porphyria

: any of several usually hereditary abnormalities of porphyrin metabolism characterized by excretion of excess porphyrins in the urine and by extreme sensitivity to light

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