Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • His condition, thalassemia, is caused by defective gene that codes for hemoglobin structure.

    Medpundit

  • The red blood cells in thalassemia patients are distorted and sometimes immature, containing a nucleus.

    Poster-Medicine-1993

  • One of the few clear signs from antiquity is a condition called thalassemia, another defect of hemoglobin.

    Parasite Rex

  • One example is a form of anemia called thalassemia, which is due to inherited defects in the genetic material.

    The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1993 - Presentation Speech

  • Usually 2 weeks treatment is enough for children, although in some areas children with sickle cell disease, or a kind of anemia called thalassemia may need it for years.

    Chapter 31

  • Nonetheless, single-gene disorders of the blood, such as thalassemia and sickle cell disease, are among the most common inherited maladies in the world.

    Gene Therapy Prevails in Case of Deadly Blood Disorder

  • Bone marrow transplantation can cure severe inherited disorders such as thalassemia and disorders of the immune system as well as leukemia and aplastic anemia.

    Physiology or Medicine 1990 - Press Release

  • This is true for severe blood disorders such as thalassemia and also for other inherited disorders caused by deficiences in bone marrow or immunologically active cells like severe combined immunodeficiency disease.

    Physiology or Medicine 1990 - Press Release

  • "Blood disorders such as thalassemia are painful, crippling, life-long diseases that currently have no cure," said Majid Yaziji, director of the Thalassemia Centre in Idlib city.

    Institute for War & Peace Reporting:

  • This was aimed at lowering the prevalence of hereditary diseases, particularly blood disorders such as thalassemia and sickle cell anaemia.

    Institute for War & Peace Reporting:

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