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  • n. Any of several hereditary illnesses that impair the body's ability to control bleeding, usually passed from mother to son.

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  • n. congenital tendency to uncontrolled bleeding; usually affects males and is transmitted from mother to son


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Medical term; from Ancient Greek αἷμα (blood) + φιλία (friendship)


  • Two other people who died from other causes were found to have vCJD infection; one is thought to have had a transfusion of contaminated blood during an operation, and the other, a person with haemophilia, to have received contaminated blood products.

    Human BSE blood test moves a step closer

  • The rest comes from growth hormone, hormone-replacement therapy and a product called Novo 7, which was designed to help the blood clot and prevent fatal bleeding in certain haemophilia patients.

    The Tough Business of Caring

  • Helping to raise the money for the research into the rare and devastating disease -- which, while carried in the female genes only, manifested itself in physical symptoms in the male sex, like haemophilia and other similar disorders-had been one thing.

    A Cure For Love

  • I know how you look down on our small size, our allergies and haemophilia and all the other weaknesses that have been bred back and preserved by the race.

    Planet of the Damned

  • Heyer did not have haemophilia, but looked as though he should have it He was a withered aristocrat, with a long, thin neck, pate, bulging eyes and a manner of frightened sweetness toward everyone.

    The Fountainhead

  • Morgan believes that the heredity of haemophilia (the constitutional defect which prevents the spontaneous cessation of bleeding) follows the same scheme, and also at least some forms of stationary night-blindness -- that is, the inability to see in twilight.

    Hormones and Heredity

  • In an episode of the hospital drama screened on Tuesday medics used Factor VIIa, a haemophilia drug, to control the bleeding of a young female soldier who had been shot in combat. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • The drug is licensed for haemophilia treatment, but trials determined that using it to control bleeding in patients who do not suffer from the disease was unsafe and one test even linked it to higher death rates. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Doctors have accused the BBC of "drug company propaganda" after a Holby City storyline in which a patient's life was saved by experimental use of a haemophilia drug. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Mike Rulis, corporate vice president of Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of the drug, said: "We have not had any involvement in the production of this programme and we certainly do not approve any use of Factor VIIa outside its intended application for certain haemophilia patients." - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph


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