An inherited chronic anemia, initially found among Mediterranean peoples, resulting from faulty hemoglobin production.
Webster's New World
- mediterranean anemia
- Mediterranean anaemia
Other Word Forms of Thalassemia
Origin of Thalassemia
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.
Greek thalassa sea –emia
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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