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anemia

a·ne·mi·a (a·nae·mi·a)

anemia (anaemia)

 
 
pronunciation:
ni mi
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part of speech: noun
definition: a condition resulting from a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin and characterized by weakness, pallor, and difficulty in breathing.
The doctor suspected anemia when the teenager said she'd been feeling very tired.
derivations: anemic (adj.), anemically (adv.)
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The word anemia contains the following parts:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.