throm·​bo·​cy·​to·​pe·​nia | \ ˌthräm-bə-ˌsī-tə-ˈpē-nē-ə , -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 \ adjective

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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 Timberwolves forward Adreian Payne is out indefinitely while being treated for a condition of low platelet count known as thrombocytopenia, the team announced Tuesday night. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves’ Adreian Payne out indefinitely with low platelet count," 7 Feb. 2017 Once at home, the patient reviewed the literature and found an article on drugs that caused thrombocytopenia, written by Richard Aster, a hematologist at the Blood Research Institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Why Did This Woman Collapse With a Rash After Her Eggs Were Harvested?," 16 Mar. 2017

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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 \

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 \ adjective

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