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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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  • Bank of America Not Alone in Reporting Anemic Results
    Bank of America's $276 million loss provides some valuable perspective on the difficulties in running a big bank these days, Antony Currie of Reuters Breakingviews writes. Read more on this news related to 'Anemic'
  • Yahoo's growth anemic as turnaround chugs along
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc again posted anemic quarterly revenue growth as the Internet company's advertising business continues to lag its rivals, nearly two years into Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer's comeback effort. Yahoo reports the Chinese company's financial results one quarter later than its own. Read more on this news related to 'Anemic'
  • Yahoo posts anemic growth in Q1, turnaround chugs along
    Revenue from display ads, which accounts for roughly 40 per cent of Yahoo's overall sales, increased just 2 per cent to $453 million, excluding partner fees. Read more on this news related to 'Anemic'

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