aplastic anemia

noun Pathology.
severe anemia due to destruction or depressed functioning of the bone marrow, usually resulting from bone cancer, radiation, or the toxic effects of certain drugs or chemicals.

Origin:
1930–35; a-6 + -plastic

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aplastic anemia n.
A form of anemia in which the capacity of the bone marrow to generate red blood cells is defective, caused by bone marrow disease or exposure to toxic agents, such as radiation, chemicals, or drugs.

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aplastic anemia   (ā-plās'tĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
A form of anemia in which the capacity of the bone marrow to generate red blood cells is defective. Aplastic anemia may be caused by bone marrow disease or exposure to toxic agents, such as radiation, chemicals, or drugs.
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Idiopathic aplastic anemia is a condition in which the bone marrow fails to properly make blood cells.
Secondary aplastic anemia is a failure of the bone marrow to make enough blood cells.
Aplastic anemia is a rare autoimmune disorder in which the bone marrow production of blood cells is greatly decreased or absent.
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