throm·​bo·​cy·​to·​pe·​nia | \ ˌthräm-bə-ˌsī-tə-ˈpē-nē-ə How to pronounce thrombocytopenia (audio) , -nyə \

Definition of thrombocytopenia

: persistent decrease in the number of platelets in the blood that is often associated with hemorrhagic conditions

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thrombocytopenic \ ˌthräm-​bə-​ˌsī-​tə-​ˈpē-​nik How to pronounce thrombocytopenia (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Since these platelets are crucial for stopping bleeding under normal circumstances, this can lead to a dangerous problem known as thrombocytopenia. Roxanne Khamsi, Wired, "Covid-19's Scary Blood Clots Aren't That Surprising," 7 May 2020 Nicholas was born with a rare disease called thrombocytopenia-absent radius syndrome, which is characterized by missing bones and a low blood platelet count. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "‘He will continue to fight’: Allen boy’s life-changing surgery postponed amid coronavirus pandemic," 3 Apr. 2020 In China and South Korea, the tick is known to spread SFTSV, short for the Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Savage tick-clone armies are sucking cows to death; experts fear for humans," 11 July 2019 In Asia this tick has also been known to transmit potentially deadly viruses including ones that cause Japanese spotted fever and severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome—conditions that can cause fever, vomiting and multiple organ failure. Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, "Tick Discovery Highlights How Few Answers We Have about These Bugs in the U.S.," 26 June 2018 In humans, the ticks can carry diseases such as severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, which can have a fatality rate of up to 30 percent. Washington Post, "Rare type of tick inexplicably turns up in Arkansas," 12 June 2018 What's more, according to CBS News, Longhorned ticks have been known to spread a deadly virus called SFTS, which stands for severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "There's a new tick in the U.S. and experts are worried," 10 May 2018 Symptoms include fever, thrombocytopenia (low platelet count), leukocytopenia (low white blood cell count) and elevated serum enzyme levels. Lyndsey Matthews, Country Living, "A Foreign Tick Species Has Invaded the U.S., Potentially Bringing New Diseases with Them," 24 Apr. 2018 That's a problem, because like the deer ticks that spread Lyme disease, East Asian ticks have been known to spread a deadly virus called SFTS, which stands for severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome. CBS News, "East Asian tick species arrives in New Jersey, could carry dangerous virus," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of thrombocytopenia

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thrombocytopenia

New Latin, from International Scientific Vocabulary thrombocyte + New Latin -o- + -penia

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throm·​bo·​cy·​to·​pe·​nia | \ ˌthräm-bə-ˌsīt-ə-ˈpē-nē-ə, -nyə How to pronounce thrombocytopenia (audio) \

Medical Definition of thrombocytopenia

: persistent decrease in the number of blood platelets that is often associated with hemorrhagic conditions

called also thrombopenia

Other Words from thrombocytopenia

thrombocytopenic \ -​nik How to pronounce thrombocytopenia (audio) \ adjective

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