deficiency anemia

deficiency anemia
deficiency anemia n NUTRITIONAL ANEMIA

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anemia caused by lack of a specific substance required for normal hemoglobin synthesis and erythrocytic maturation and arising by several means, such as malabsorption or poor dietary intake. See folic acid deficiency a., iron deficiency a., and scorbutic a. Called also nutritional a.

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