an inherited disorder of pigment metabolism with excretion of porphyrins in the urine and dangerous sensitivity to sunlight
Origin of porphyriaModern Latin from porphyrin + -ia
Any of several disorders of porphyrin metabolism, usually hereditary, characterized by the presence of large amounts of porphyrins in the blood and urine.
Origin of porphyriaNew Latin porphyr(in) -ia 1
- (pathology) Any of several usually hereditary abnormalities of porphyrin metabolism characterized by excretion of excess porphyrins in the urine.