Definition of Polycythemia

1. Noun. A disorder characterized by an abnormal increase in the number of red blood cells in the blood.

Generic synonyms: Blood Disease, Blood Disorder

Definition of Polycythemia

1. Noun. (disease) A rare disorder in which the bone marrow produces an abnormally large amount of blood cells, often red blood cells. ¹

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Definition of Polycythemia

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Medical Definition of Polycythemia

1. The opposite of anaemia. Too many red blood cells. Polycythemia formally exists when the haemoglobin, red blood cell count, and total rbc volume are all above normal. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Polycythemia

polycystic ovarian disease
polycystic ovary
polycythaemia rubra vera
polycythaemia vera
polycythemia (current term)
polycythemia hypertonica
polycythemia rubra
polycythemia rubra vera
polycythemia vera

Literary usage of Polycythemia

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"Med., 1907, xcii, 83) describes a case of polycythemia with moderate enlargement of ... Since it was impossible to establish any cause for the polycythemia, ..."

2. Pathological Physiology of Internal Diseases by Albion Walter Hewlett (1916)
"Relative polycythemia.—In this form, there is no absolute increase in the number of red cells nor in the amount of hemoglobin in the body. ..."

3. A Manual of the practice of medicine by Arthur Albert Stevens (1915)
"polycythemia polycythemia, or an increase in the number of red cells, ... Marked polycythemia is sometimes produced by residence in high altitudes and by ..."

4. A Text-book of pathology by Alfred Stengel (1899)
"polycythemia, or erythrocytosis, the condition in which the number of red ... Actual polycythemia is that in which there is over-production of red ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by Albion Walter Hewlett, Henry Leopold Elsner (1916)
"In some cases of polycythemia, the condition is evidently dependent on other pathological changes. It is, therefore, a secondary or symptomatic polycythemia ..."

6. The Clinical Pathology of the Blood of Domesticated Animals by Samuel Howard Burnett (1917)
"polycythemia. An increased number of red corpuscles per cmm. does not, in many cases, indicate that there is an actual increase in the total number in the ..."

7. Transactions of the Association of American Physicians by Association of American Physicians (1903)
"CHRONIC CYANOSIS, WITH polycythemia AND ENLARGED SPLEEN: A NEW CLINICAL ENTITY. ... The condition is characterized by chronic cyanosis, polycythemia, ..."

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