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[uh-nee-mik] /əˈni mɪk/
Pathology. suffering from anemia.
lacking power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness; listless; weak:
an anemic effort; anemic tones.
Also, anaemic.
Origin of anemic
1830-40; anem(ia) + -ic
Related forms
anemically, adverb
nonanemic, adjective
pseudoanemic, adjective
unanemic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anemic
  • Now the fire is but smoke and ember, the neon anemic, the dragon feeble and more of shadow than of substance.
  • Rather, it is anemic people themselves who commonly experience chronic fatigue.
  • The storm in the northern cell began looking anemic as the new line of storms cut off its supply of warm, moist air.
  • Manual labor transmission with underpowered anemic single engine does not cut it today.
  • Plus, the anemic content coupled with a muddled interface make for a music download service only the painfully ignorant would use.
  • Good news and bad news for the maker of a drug for people who are anemic and on dialysis.
  • Not to mention anemic wage and job growth coming out of the recession.
  • Fluorescent bulbs vibrate, adding a medically forensic, anemic brightness.
  • His response to the paper was anemic and so far no one has published his paper.
  • It's sad to see the anemic state of organized labor in this country today.
British Dictionary definitions for anemic


relating to or suffering from anaemia
pale and sickly looking; lacking vitality


the usual US spelling of anaemic
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Word Origin and History for anemic

alternative (chiefly U.S.) spelling of anaemic (q.v.). See ae.

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anemic in Science
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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