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anemic

or anaemic

[uh-nee-mik] /əˈni mɪk/
adjective
1.
Pathology. suffering from anemia.
2.
lacking power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness; listless; weak:
an anemic effort; anemic tones.
Origin of anemic
1830-1840
1830-40; anem(ia) + -ic
Related forms
anemically, adverb
nonanemic, adjective
pseudoanemic, adjective
unanemic, adjective
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  • It is not necessary to specify the diseases from which a child may suffer and recover, in an anemic condition.

  • Dora is always saying that she is anemic, but of course that is not true.

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  • The only thing he could think of with which to compare the Cirissins was the intestinal complex of an anemic elephant.

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  • Dora is kept in bed to-day and our Doctor says too that she's anemic.

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  • Mother says she is anemic; that sounds frightfully interesting, but I don't quite know what it means.

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British Dictionary definitions for anemic

anemic

/əˈniːmɪk/
adjective
1.
the usual US spelling of anaemic
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Word Origin and History for anemic
adj.

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

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anemic in Science
anemia
  (ə-nē'mē-ə)   
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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