a disorder of iron metabolism, characterized by a bronze-colored skin pigmentation, liver dysfunction, an excess of iron in organs, and diabetes mellitus
Origin of hemochromatosishemo- + chromat(o)- + -osis
A hereditary disorder affecting iron metabolism in which excessive amounts of iron accumulate in the body tissues. The disorder is characterized by diabetes mellitus, liver dysfunction, and a bronze pigmentation of the skin.
(countable and uncountable, plural hemochromatoses)
- (pathology) a metabolic disorder causing iron deposits in the body, also called bronze diabetes
From hemo- (“blood”) + chromat- (“color”) + -osis (“disease”), from the changing color of blood affected by the disorder.