Definition of thalassaemia in English:

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thalassaemia

Pronunciation: /ˌθaləˈsiːmɪə/
(US thalassemia)

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
Any of a group of hereditary haemolytic diseases caused by faulty haemoglobin 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.

Origin

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

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