thalassemia: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (thal"u-sē'mē-u), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. a hereditary form of anemia, occurring chiefly in people of Mediterranean origin, marked by the abnormal synthesis of hemoglobin and a consequent shortened life span of red blood cells. Also called
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