thalassemia[t̸hal′ə sē′mē ə]
Origin of thalassemiaModern Latin ; from Classical Greek thalassa, sea + -emia
Origin of thalassemiaGreek thalassa, sea + –emia.
From the Greek thalasso- ("sea") and -emia ("blood")αἷμα. 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.