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Anaemia

Definition
noun
A qualitative or quantitive deficiency of hemoglobin or red blood cells in circulation resulting in a reduced capacity of the blood to carry oxygen to organs and tissues.
Supplement
Iron deficiency, excessive blood loss, excessive hemolysis, and ineffective hematopoiesis may result in anaemia.
Word origin: New Latin, from Greek anaimiā : an-, without + haima, blood.
Variant: anemia
Compare: polycythemia
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