asple·​nia (ˌ)ā-ˈsplē-nē-ə How to pronounce asplenia (audio)
: absence of the spleen or of normal spleen function or activity
Patients with actual or functional asplenia are at risk for bacteremia due to encapsulated organisms such as Streptococcus pneumoniaeBrook Watts et al., The New England Journal of Medicine
asplenic adjective

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“Asplenia.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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