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thrombocytopenia Line breaks: thrombo|cyto|penia
Pronunciation: /ˌθrɒmbə(ʊ)ˌsʌɪtə(ʊ)ˈpiːnɪə/

Definition of thrombocytopenia in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
Deficiency of platelets in the blood. This causes bleeding into the tissues, bruising, and slow blood clotting after injury.
Example sentences
  • Splenomegaly or giant hemangioma can result in thrombocytopenia because of platelet sequestration.
  • Hemolytic-uremic syndrome is characterized by the triad of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia and acute renal injury.
  • Purpura may be secondary to thrombocytopenia, platelet dysfunction, coagulation factor deficiency or vascular defect.


1920s: from thrombocyte + Greek penia 'poverty'.

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