from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An inherited form of anemia occurring chiefly among people of Mediterranean descent, caused by faulty synthesis of part of the hemoglobin molecule.
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- n. Any of a group of inherited disorders in which the amount of hemoglobin in the blood is reduced
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- n. an inherited form of anemia caused by faulty synthesis of hemoglobin
Greek thalassa, sea + -emia.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Greek thalasso- ("sea") and -emia ("blood")αἷμα. The etymology indicates the epidemiology of the disorder in that it commonly occurs in patients of Mediterranean descent. The term was first used in 1932. (Wiktionary)