thalassemia

noun
thal·​as·​se·​mia | \ ˌtha-lə-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce thalassemia (audio) \

Definition of thalassemia

: 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

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Other Words from thalassemia

thalassemic \ ˌtha-​lə-​ˈsē-​mik How to pronounce thalassemic (audio) \ adjective or noun

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The company has targeted five more diseases, including sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia, which are blood disorders, and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which can lead to COPD and liver disease. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, "For biotech industry, a milestone: Vertex names a woman as president and CEO," 25 July 2019 There are various types of thalassemias, or inherited blood disorders, and mine is the most severe. Joelle Zarcone, SELF, "My Cooley’s Anemia Helps Me View Workouts as a Gift, Not a Chore," 12 July 2019 The gene therapy treats a condition, called beta thalassemia, caused by a gene mutation that hinders production of the hemoglobin molecules that carry oxygen through the blood. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "New Gene Therapy Priced at $1.8 Million in Europe," 14 June 2019 The therapy aims to treat beta thalassemia, a disease caused by a defective gene that hinders production of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen through the blood, and can cause severe anemia, fatigue and organ damage. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Biotech Proposes Paying for Pricey Drugs by Installment," 8 Jan. 2019 Write to Joseph Walker at joseph.walker@wsj.com Corrections & Amplifications There are an estimated 1,000 people in the U.S. with beta thalassemia. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Biotech Proposes Paying for Pricey Drugs by Installment," 8 Jan. 2019 All of these patients entered the study with severe beta-thalassemia that required frequent blood transfusions. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "New Bluebird data show promising benefits for gene therapy, if they last," 15 June 2018 Acceleron and Celgene are conducting a second Phase 3 clinical trial of luspatercept in patients with beta-thalassemia, another blood disease. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Acceleron blood disease drug hits goal in pivotal clinical trial," 28 June 2018 On Monday night, Celgene and Acceleron said their partnered drug luspatercept met all primary and secondary endpoints in a Phase 3 clinical trial of patients with transfusion-dependent beta thalassemia. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Celgene is perking up. Here’s what needs to happen for the momentum to continue," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of thalassemia

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thalassemia

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

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thalassemia

noun
thal·​as·​se·​mia
variants: or British thalassaemia \ ˌthal-​ə-​ˈsē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce thalassaemia (audio) \

Medical Definition of thalassemia

: 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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