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[hee-muh-kroh-muh-toh-sis, hem-uh-] /ˌhi məˌkroʊ məˈtoʊ sɪs, ˌhɛm ə-/
noun, Pathology
a rare metabolic disorder characterized by a bronzed skin, cirrhosis, and severe diabetes, caused by the deposit in tissue, especially of the liver and pancreas, of hemosiderin and other pigments containing iron.
Also called bronze diabetes.
1895-1900; hemo- + chromat- + -osis
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[hee-moh-kroh-muh-tot-ik, hem-oh-] /ˌhi moʊˌkroʊ məˈtɒt ɪk, ˌhɛm oʊ-/ (Show IPA),
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  • However, in these iron-rich times, hemochromatosis is a liability.
  • The genetic disorder called hemochromatosis affects the body's ability to control how much iron is absorbed.
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hemochromatosis in Medicine

hemochromatosis he·mo·chro·ma·to·sis (hē'mə-krō'mə-tō'sĭs)
A hereditary disorder of iron metabolism characterized by excessive accumulation of iron in tissues, diabetes mellitus, liver dysfunction, and a bronze skin pigmentation. Also called bronzed disease.

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bronze diabetes

inborn metabolic defect characterized by an increased absorption of iron, which accumulates in body tissues. The clinical manifestations include skin pigmentation, diabetes mellitus, enlargement of the spleen and liver, cirrhosis, heart failure, arthritis, and general weakness and lassitude.

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