thalassemia

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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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