A person who constantly feels weak and does not eat enough red meat is an example of someone who may be suffering from anemia.
- Med. a condition in which there is a reduction of the number, or volume, of red blood corpuscles or of the total amount of hemoglobin in the bloodstream, resulting in paleness, generalized weakness, etc.
- lack of vigor or vitality; lifelessness
Origin of anemiaModern Latin ; from Classical Greek anaimia ; from an-, without + haima, blood: see hemo-
Origin of anemiaNew Latin, from Greek anaimia : an-, without; see a–1 + haima, blood.
(countable and uncountable, plural anemias or anemiae or anemiæ)
- (uncountable, pathology) A medical condition in which the capacity of the blood to transport oxygen to the tissues is reduced, either because of too few red blood cells, or because of too little hemoglobin, resulting in pallor and fatigue.
- (countable, pathology) A disease or condition that has anemia as a symptom.
- Pernicious anemia and sickle-cell anemia are two anemias.
From Ancient Greek ἀν- (an-, “not”) + αἷμα (haima, “blood”) + -ia.