Hemophilia Hem`o*phil"i*a (h[=e]`m[.a]*f[i^]l"[i^]*[.a] or h[e^]m`[.a]*f[i^]l"[i^]*[.a]), n. [NL., fr. Gr. a"i^ma, blood + filei^n to love.] (Med.) A condition characterized by a tendency to profuse and uncontrollable hemorrhage from the slightest wounds; it is caused by an absence or abnormality of a clotting factor in the blood, and is a recessive genetic disease linked to the X-chromosome, and therefore usually occurs only in males; there are several specific forms. It may be treated by administering purified clotting factor. It was formerly termed {Hematophilia}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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  • hemophilia — 1854 (in anglicized form hæmophily), from Ger. hämophile, coined 1828 by German physician Johann Lucas Schönlein (1793 1864), from Gk. haima blood (see EMIA (Cf. emia)) + philia to love (see PHILIA (Cf. philia)), here with a sense of tendency to …   Etymology dictionary

  • hemophilia — [hē΄məfil′ē ə, hē΄məfē′lē ə] n. [ModL: see HEMO & PHILIA] any of several hereditary disorders, nearly always of males, in which one of the normal blood clotting factors is deficient, causing serious internal or external hemorrhage from minor cuts …   English World dictionary

  • hemophilia — /hee meuh fil ee euh, feel yeuh, hem euh /, n. any of several X linked genetic disorders, symptomatic chiefly in males, in which excessive bleeding occurs owing to the absence or abnormality of a clotting factor in the blood. [1850 55; < NL; see… …   Universalium

  • hemophilia — noun congenital tendency to uncontrolled bleeding; usually affects males and is transmitted from mother to son • Syn: ↑haemophilia, ↑bleeder s disease • Derivationally related forms: ↑haemophilic (for: ↑haemophilia) …   Useful english dictionary

  • hemophilia — Synonyms and related words: Christmas disease, Hand Schuller Christian disease, Hartnup disease, Letterer Siwe syndrome, Werdnig Hoffmann disease, achromatic vision, acute leukemia, albinism, anemia, angiohemophilia, aplastic anemia, chronic… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Hemophilia — A set of inherited bleeding disorders in which the ability of blood to clot is impaired. * * * An inherited disorder of blood coagulation characterized by a permanent tendency to hemorrhages, spontaneous or traumatic, because of a defect in the… …   Medical dictionary

  • hemophilia — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1872 a sex linked hereditary blood defect that occurs almost exclusively in males and is characterized by delayed clotting of the blood and consequent difficulty in controlling hemorrhage even after minor injuries …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hemophilia — he|mo|phil|i|a [ˌhi:məˈfıliə] n [U] [Date: 1800 1900; : Modern Latin; Origin: hemo + philia] the American spelling of ↑haemophilia …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hemophilia — he|mo|phil|i|a [ ,himə fıliə ] noun uncount a serious illness that prevents your blood from CLOTTING (=becoming thick) when it should. When you cut yourself, the blood does not stop flowing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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