Definition of anemic in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈnēmik/
(British anaemic)


1Suffering from anemia.
Example sentences
  • Does a blood transfusion in anemic patients with acute coronary syndrome improve survival?
  • Nearly 90 percent of MDS patients are anemic and require regular transfusions of red cells.
  • If the patient is anemic, transfusion of one or more units of packed red blood cells may be prescribed.
1.1Lacking in color, spirit, or vitality.
Example sentences
  • The anemic palate that colours the film - grays, browns, and other hushed earth tones - provide the foreboding backdrop.
  • Setup is joyously simple, and DVD performance is good, if not spectacular, but the sound is anaemic, lacking sufficient detail for music and serious clout for movies.
  • It is anaemic, lacking in vision, and a generally debate-free zone.
feeble, weak, insipid, wishy-washy, vapid, bland;
lame, tame, lackluster, spiritless, languid, lifeless, ineffective, ineffectual, etiolated
informal pathetic

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Syllabification: a·ne·mic

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