refractory anemia

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refractory anemia n.
Any of a group of anemic conditions that is not associated with another disease and that is marked by a persistent, frequently advanced anemia that can only be successfully treated through blood transfusions.

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refractory anemia

noun
any of various anemic conditions that are not successfully treated by any means other than blood transfusions (and that are not associated with another primary disease) 
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