Christmas disease

Christmas disease

noun Pathology.
a hereditary disease characterized by an inability of the blood to clot because of a deficiency of a coagulation factor.

Origin:
1952; after S. Christmas, the first sufferer from the disease to be examined in detail

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Christmas disease
 
n
a relatively mild type of haemophilia, caused by lack of a protein (Christmas factor) implicated in the process of blood clotting
 
[C20: named after S. Christmas, the first patient suffering from the disease who was examined in detail]

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Christmas disease Christ·mas disease (krĭs'məs)
n.
See hemophilia B.

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