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[hahy-per-splee-niz-uh m, -splen-iz-] /ˌhaɪ pərˈspli nɪz əm, -ˈsplɛn ɪz-/
noun, Pathology
an abnormal condition characterized by an enlarged spleen that prematurely destroys red blood cells or platelets.
Also called hypersplenia
[hahy-per-splee-nee-uh] /ˌhaɪ pərˈspli ni ə/ (Show IPA)
Origin of hypersplenism
1910-15; hyper- + splen- + -ism
Related forms
hypersplenic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Thrombocytopenia due to platelet destruction and hypersplenism.
hypersplenism in Medicine

hypersplenism hy·per·splen·ism (hī'pər-splěn'ĭz'əm, -splē'nĭz'əm)
A condition in which the hemolytic action of the spleen is greatly increased.

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