1. A morbid general state resulting from the presence of abnormal material in the blood, usually applied to diseases affecting blood cells or platelets. 2. Old term indicating disease. [G. bad temperament, fr. dys- + krasis, a mixing]
- blood d. a diseased state of the blood; usually refers to abnormal cellular elements of a permanent character.

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dys·cra·sia dis-'krā-zh(ē-)ə n an abnormal condition of the body esp an imbalance of components of the blood

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an abnormal state of the body or part of the body, especially one due to abnormal development or metabolism. In classical medicine the term was used for the imbalance of the four humours (blood, phlegm, yellow bile, black bile), which was believed to be the basic cause of all diseases.

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dys·cra·sia (dis-kraґzhə) [dys- + -crasia] a term formerly used to indicate an abnormal mixture of the four humors; in surviving usages it now is roughly synonymous with “disease” or “pathologic condition.” dyscrasic adj

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