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 condition, usually hereditary, in which excessive amounts of iron accumulate in body tissues, characterized by fatigue, joint pain, and bronze or gray pigmentation of the skin, and if untreated, leading to complications such as liver dysfunction and diabetes mellitus.
(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.