hemophilia

[hee-muh-fil-ee-uh, -feel-yuh, hem-uh-]
noun
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:
1850–55; < Neo-Latin; see hemo-, -philia

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haemophilia or hemophilia (ˌhiːməʊˈfɪlɪə, ˌhɛm-, ˌhiːməʊˈfɪlɪə, ˌhɛm-)
 
n
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
 
hemophilia or hemophilia
 
n
 
haemo'philioid or hemophilia
 
adj
 
hemo'philioid or hemophilia
 
adj

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hemophilia
1854 (in Anglicized form hæmophily), from Ger. hämophile, coined in Mod.L. in 1828 by Ger. physician Johann Lucas Schönlein (1793-1864), from Gk. haima "blood" (see -emia) + philia "to love," related to philos "loving."
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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   (hē'mə-fĭl'ē-ə)  Pronunciation Key 
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 [(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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Example sentences
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.
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