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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Anemic'

Anemic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    anemic adj
  1. lacking vigor or energy; "an anemic attempt to hit the baseball" [syn: anaemic]
  2. relating to anemia or suffering from anemia [syn: anaemic]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Anemic'

Anemia (pronounced /əˈniːmiə/, also spelled anaemia and anæmia; from Ancient Greek ἀναιμία anaimia, meaning lack of blood) is a decrease in number of red blood cells (RBCs) or less than the normal quantity of hemoglobin in the blood. However, it can include decreased oxygen-binding ability of each hemoglobin molecule due to deformity or lack in numerical development as in some other types of hemoglobin deficiency.

Because hemoglobin (found inside RBCs) normally carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues, anemia leads to hypoxia (lack of oxygen) in organs. Because all human cells depend on oxygen for survival, varying degrees of anemia can have a wide range of clinical consequences.

Anemia is the most common disorder of the blood. There are several kinds of anemia, produced by a variety of underlying causes. Anemia can be classified in a variety of ways, based on the morphology of RBCs, underlying etiologic mechanisms, and discernible clinical spectra, to mention a few. The three main classes of anemia include excessive blood loss (acutely such as a hemorrhage or chronically through low-volume loss), excessive blood cell destruction (hemolysis) or deficient red blood cell production (ineffective hematopoiesis).

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  • Anemic Mets no match for A’s
    OAKLAND, Calif. — Just lose, baby. In their first return in nine years to the monstrosity formerly known as the Oakland Coliseum, the Mets showed they can hit as poorly... Read more on this news related to 'Anemic'
  • Low congressional approval could mean high voter turnout
    The anemic congressional job approval rating is on pace to be the lowest in a mid-term election year in two decades, which means voter turnout this November could be high, according to a recent Gallup report. Read more on this news related to 'Anemic'
  • US mortgage volume ekes out gain on tiny drop in rates
    While mortgage rates have teetered within a tight range, even a slight drop in interest rates was enough to boost mortgage applications, which are still coming in at an anemic pace. Read more on this news related to 'Anemic'

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