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thalassemia Syllabification: thal·as·se·mi·a
Pronunciation: /ˌTHaləˈsēmēə/
(British thalassaemia)

Definition of thalassemia in English:


Any of a group of hereditary hemolytic diseases caused by faulty hemoglobin synthesis, widespread in Mediterranean, African, and Asian countries.
Example sentences
  • The blood dyscrasias that most commonly lead to leg ulceration are sickle cell disease, thalassaemia, thrombocythaemia, and polycythaemia rubra vera.
  • Bone marrow transplantation may be considered in some cases of sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, and aplastic anemia.
  • In recent years, sickle cell disease and thalassaemia, both conditions largely confined to ethnic minorities, have gained increasing recognition by the white dominated health services in the United Kingdom.


1930s: from Greek thalassa 'sea' (because the diseases were first known around the Mediterranean) + -emia.

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