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Exercise 7

Terms like hematuria, hemoptysis, and hemorrhage begin with the word root hem- which means blood. This root also is used as a suffix and when so used, the syllable -ia is added to it to produce -hemia. Thus, the term polycythemia means abnormal increase of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood. Sometimes the h is omitted, such as in the word hyperglyc(h)emia which means abnormally high blood sugar.

Can you think of a condition with the suffix -emia which is characterized by an abnormal reduction in red blood cells?

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