thalassaemia

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thalassaemia or (US) thalassemia (ˌθæləˈsiːmɪə)
 
n
Also called: Cooley's anaemia a hereditary disease, common in many parts of the world, resulting from defects in the synthesis of the red blood pigment haemoglobin
 
[New Latin, from Greek thalassa sea + -aemia, from it being esp prevalent round the eastern Mediterranean Sea]
 
thalassemia or (US) thalassemia (ˌθæləˈsiːmɪə, ˈkuːlɪz)
 
n
 
[New Latin, from Greek thalassa sea + -aemia, from it being esp prevalent round the eastern Mediterranean Sea]

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