anemia

[uh-nee-mee-uh]
noun
1.
Pathology. a quantitative deficiency of the hemoglobin, often accompanied by a reduced number of red blood cells and causing pallor, weakness, and breathlessness.
2.
a lack of power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness: His writing suffers from anemia.
Also, anaemia.


Origin:
1800–10; < Neo-Latin < Greek anaimía want of blood. See an-1, -emia

pseudoanemia, noun
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anaemia or (US) anemia (əˈniːmɪə)
 
n
1.  a deficiency in the number of red blood cells or in their haemoglobin content, resulting in pallor, shortness of breath, and lack of energy
2.  lack of vitality or vigour
3.  pallid complexion
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek anaimia lack of blood, from an- + haima blood]
 
anemia or (US) anemia
 
n
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek anaimia lack of blood, from an- + haima blood]

anemia (əˈniːmɪə)
 
n
the usual US spelling of anaemia
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek anaimia lack of blood]

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anemia
alt. (chiefly U.S.) spelling of anaemia (q.v.). See ae.
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anemia a·ne·mi·a (ə-nē'mē-ə)
n.
A pathological deficiency in the oxygen-carrying component of the blood, measured in unit volume concentrations of hemoglobin, red blood cell volume, or red blood cell number.


a·ne'mic (-mĭk) adj.
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anemia  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (ə-nē'mē-ə)  Pronunciation Key 
A deficiency in the oxygen-carrying component of the blood, as in the amount of hemoglobin or the number or volume of red blood cells. Iron deficiency, often caused by inadequate dietary consumption of iron, and blood loss are common causes of anemia. See also aplastic anemia, hemolytic anemia.and sickle cell anemia.

anemic adjective
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anemia [(uh-nee-mee-uh)]

A condition in which the capacity of the blood to carry oxygen is decreased because of too few red blood cells in circulation or because of too little hemoglobin.

Note: Because people suffering from anemia often appear weak and pale, the term is frequently used to describe general apathy or weakness: “The team's performance has been pretty anemic these past few weeks.”
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Example sentences
In conclusion, inadequate food practices appear to be directly involved in the
  etiology of iron deficiency anemia during infancy.
Over a period of months or years they produce severe iron-deficiency anemia and
  protein malnutrition.
Nevertheless, even mild anemia can reduce oxygen transport in the blood,
  causing fatigue and a diminished physical capacity.
Or it could signify anemia, which involves the loss of red blood cells.
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