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thalassemia

[thal-uh-see-mee-uh] /ˌθæl əˈsi mi ə/
noun, Pathology
1.
a hereditary form of anemia, occurring chiefly in people of Mediterranean origin, marked by the abnormal synthesis of hemoglobin and a consequent shortened life span of red blood cells.
Also called Cooley's anemia.
Origin of thalassemia
1932
1932; < Greek thálass(a) sea (alluding to the Mediterranean Sea; the anemia was first reported among children in Mediterranean countries) + -emia
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Word Origin and History for thalassemia
n.

from thalasso-, comb. form of Greek thalassa "sea" + haima "blood" (see -emia).

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thalassemia in Medicine

thalassemia thal·as·se·mi·a (thāl'ə-sē'mē-ə)
n.
Any of a group of inherited forms of anemia occurring chiefly among people of Mediterranean descent, caused by faulty synthesis of part of the hemoglobin molecule.

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thalassemia
  (thāl'ə-sē'mē-ə)   
Any of a group of inherited forms of anemia occurring chiefly among people of Mediterranean descent, caused by faulty synthesis of part of the hemoglobin molecule
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