thalassemia

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noun thal·as·se·mia \ˌtha-lə-ˈsē-mē-ə\

Definition of thalassemia

  1. :  any of a group of inherited disorders of hemoglobin synthesis (such as Cooley's anemia ) that are marked by mild to severe hypochromic and microcytic anemia, result from the partial or complete failure in production of one or more globin chains, and tend to occur especially in individuals of Mediterranean, African, or southeastern Asian ancestry —sometimes used with a prefix (such as alpha-, beta-, or delta-) to indicate the hemoglobin chain affected — see beta-thalassemia

thalassemic

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Origin and Etymology of thalassemia

New Latin, from Greek thalassa sea + New Latin -emia


First Known Use: 1932


Medical Dictionary

thalassemia

noun thal·as·se·mia
variants: or British

thalassaemia

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Medical Definition of thalassemia

  1. :  any of a group of inherited hypochromic anemias and especially Cooley's anemia controlled by a series of allelic genes that cause reduction in or failure of synthesis of one of the globin chains making up hemoglobin and that tend to occur especially in individuals of Mediterranean, African, or southeastern Asian ancestry—sometimes used with a prefix (as alpha-, beta-, or delta-) to indicate the hemoglobin chain affected; called also Mediterranean anemia; see alpha-thalassemia, beta-thalassemia


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