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 The Cambridge biotech’s new drug is called givosiran and treats a condition called acute hepatic porphyria. BostonGlobe.com, "FDA approves Alnylam drug for rare genetic disorder - The Boston Globe," 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, "Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine: what to know about the potential coronavirus drugs," 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, "FDA approves Alnylam’s Givlaari, second-ever drug based on RNAi," 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, "FDA approves Alnylam drug for rare genetic disorder - The Boston Globe," 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, "FDA approves Alnylam drug for rare genetic disorder - The Boston Globe," 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, "FDA approves Alnylam drug for rare genetic disorder - The Boston Globe," 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, "FDA approves Alnylam drug for rare genetic disorder - The Boston Globe," 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, "FDA approves Alnylam drug for rare genetic disorder - The Boston Globe," 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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“Porphyria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porphyria. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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