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hemochromatosis

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hereditary disorder affecting iron metabolism in which excessive amounts of iron accumulate in the body tissues. The disorder is characterized by diabetes mellitus, liver dysfunction, and a bronze pigmentation of the skin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a metabolic disorder causing iron deposits in the body, also called bronze diabetes

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A condition, associated with extensive blood-destruction, in which a deposition of hematogenous pigment occurs in the liver and other organs. The pigment usually found is hemosiderin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pathology in which iron accumulates in the tissues; characterized by bronzed skin and enlarged liver and diabetes mellitus and abnormalities of the pancreas and the joints

Etymologies

From hemo- (“blood”) + chromat- (“color”) + -osis (“disease”), from the changing color of blood affected by the disorder. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Scanning the Internet, she learned about a hereditary condition called hemochromatosis, in which the body stores iron at dangerous concentrations in the blood, tissues and organs.

    A Revolution In Medicine

  • I did a workup to look for common causes of liver dysfunction such as chronic viral hepatitis and an iron overload disorder called hemochromatosis; all of these blood tests came back negative.

    DR. SANJIV CHOPRA’S LIVER BOOK

  • This technique, which is used primarily for people with a liver condition called hemochromatosis, is described in more detail in chapter 11.

    DR. SANJIV CHOPRA’S LIVER BOOK

  • An autopsy found the researcher had a medical condition called hemochromatosis, which causes an excessive buildup of iron in the body, according to the CDC report.

    Boing Boing

  • "Emi's liver failed due to a disease process known as hemochromatosis," said Dr. Mark Campbell, Director of Animal Health at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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  • If an overload condition such as hemochromatosis (abnormal iron accumulation) was the diagnosis, then there could be a substantive discussion of the homeopathic approach of using a remedy containing iron, as opposed to the conventional approach directed at reducing iron, including therapeutic phlebotomy, chelation of iron with deferoxamine, and close monitoring of liver function and other indications of significant complications of iron overload.

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  • Vitamin C has been known to precipitate heart palpitations in those with hemochromatosis.

    Matthew Yglesias » Commerce Cabinet Crisis VII: Harry Hopkins

  • Patients with hemochromatosis should not take supplements unless there are documented deficiencies.

    Matthew Yglesias » Commerce Cabinet Crisis VII: Harry Hopkins

  • Consumers can order from 23andMe -- a California firm whose name refers to the 23 pairs of human chromosomes -- a test that looks for DNA sequences linked to diabetes, macular degeneration of the eye and the iron-processing ailment hemochromatosis, among other diseases.

    FDA challenges companies over DNA tests sold to customers

  • Some special cases, I admit, might include tests for the actionable genetic variants that dispose a person to hemochromatosis, a condition characterized by iron overload in organs including the liver and endocrine glands -- and which is included in most of the commercial panels; or to blood clots, which are not usually included in direct-to-consumer kits.

    Dr. Elaine Schattner: An Educated Medical Consumer: On Personal DNA Testing

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