Definition of porphyria in English:

porphyria

Line breaks: por|phy¦ria
Pronunciation: /pɔːˈfɪrɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun] Medicine
  • A rare hereditary disease in which there is abnormal metabolism of the blood pigment haemoglobin. Porphyrins are excreted in the urine, which becomes dark; other symptoms include mental disturbances and extreme sensitivity of the skin to light.
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    • Other metabolic neuropathies include symptomatic thyroid disease, porphyria, and renal or hepatic failure.
    • Clinically identical acute attacks can occur in acute intermittent porphyria, variegate porphyria, hereditary coproporphyria, and plumboporphyria.
    • The actual article, of course, has much more to it: the cause of his madness has been diagnosed as vitamin deficiency, anaemia, hyperthyroidism and a metabolic disease called porphyria.

Origin

1920s: modern Latin, from porphyrin.

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