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hemophilia

[hee-muh-fil-ee-uh, -feel-yuh, hem-uh-] /ˌhi məˈfɪl i ə, -ˈfil yə, ˌhɛm ə-/
noun
1.
any of several X-linked genetic disorders, symptomatic chiefly in males, in which excessive bleeding occurs owing to the absence or abnormality of a clotting factor in the blood.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < Neo-Latin; see hemo-, -philia
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Examples from the web for hemophilia
  • hemophilia refers to a group of bleeding disorders in which it takes a long time for the blood to clot.
  • There are many x linked genetic disorders such as hemophilia.
  • Because blood-clotting factors can be added to the blood in the liver, this virus is used in gene therapies to treat hemophilia.
  • The gene directs cells to produce a human protein that is used to treat hemophilia.
  • Sap will drip out of the broken end so fast as to be alarming, as if the tree had hemophilia.
  • hemophilia is a rare genetic condition in which the blood doesn't clot normally.
  • The disease is similar to hemophilia, except bleeding into joints is less common.
  • hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot properly.
  • hemophilia causes delayed bleeding, which can occur spontaneously or after an injury.
British Dictionary definitions for hemophilia

haemophilia

/ˌhiːməʊˈfɪlɪə; ˌhɛm-/
noun
1.
an inheritable disease, usually affecting only males but transmitted by women to their male children, characterized by loss or impairment of the normal clotting ability of blood so that a minor wound may result in fatal bleeding
Derived Forms
haemophilioid, (US) hemophilioid, adjective
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Word Origin and History for hemophilia
n.

1854 (in anglicized form hæmophily), from German hämophile, coined 1828 by German physician Johann Lucas Schönlein (1793-1864), from Greek haima "blood" (see -emia) + philia "to love" (see -philia), here with a sense of "tendency to."

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hemophilia in Medicine

hemophilia he·mo·phil·i·a (hē'mə-fĭl'ē-ə, -fēl'yə)
n.
Any of several hereditary blood-coagulation disorders, manifested almost exclusively in males, in which the blood fails to clot normally because of a deficiency or an abnormality of one of the clotting factors.

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hemophilia in Science
hemophilia
  (hē'mə-fĭl'ē-ə)   
Any of several hereditary coagulation disorders, seen almost exclusively in males, in which the blood fails to clot normally because of a deficiency or an abnormality of one of the clotting factors.
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hemophilia in Culture
hemophilia [(hee-muh-fil-ee-uh, hee-muh-feel-yuh)]

A hereditary disease caused by a deficiency of a substance in the blood that aids in clotting. Hemophiliacs can bleed to death even from small cuts and bruises, because their blood has largely lost the ability to clot.

Note: Queen Victoria of Britain, whose descendants have been kings and queens of several countries in Europe, carried the gene for hemophilia, which has turned up repeatedly in royal families since her lifetime. Her great-grandson, the heir to the throne of Russia, suffered from the disease, and his parents fell under the influence of the monk Grigori Rasputin in hopes of a miraculous cure. The resulting chaos in the government of Russia helped bring on the Russian Revolution and the establishment of the Soviet Union.
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