porphyria

noun
por·phyr·ia | \pȯr-ˈfir-ē-ə \

Definition of porphyria 

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

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Might people suffering from porphyria be the source of the legend? Matt Simon, WIRED, "Fantastically Wrong: The Strange Real-Life Origins of the Fiendish Werewolf," 23 July 2014 Their DNA revealed a skin condition called variegate porphyria. Ryan Cross, Science | AAAS, "One in five “healthy” adults may carry disease-related genetic mutations," 26 June 2017

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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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porphyria

noun
por·phyr·ia | \pȯr-ˈfir-ē-ə \

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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