Origin of thalassemiaModern Latin from Classical Greek thalassa, sea + -emia
Origin of thalassemiaGreek thalassa sea -emia
From the Greek thalasso- ("sea") and -emia ("blood")Î±á¼·Î¼Î±. The etymology indicates the epidemiology of the disorder in that it commonly occurs in patients of Mediterranean descent. The term was first used in 1932.