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Thalassaemia

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thalassaemia

(Science: haematology) A genetic form of anaemia in which there is abnormality of the globin portion of haemoglobin.

affected individuals cannot synthesise haemoglobin properly, and they produce small, pale, short-lived red blood cells.

Widespread in Mediterranean countries.

Origin: Gr. Haima = blood