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From hemo- (blood) +‎ chromat- (color) +‎ -osis (disease), from the changing color of blood affected by the disorder.



hemochromatosis (countable and uncountable, plural hemochromatoses)

  1. (medicine) A metabolic disorder causing iron deposits in the body, also called bronze diabetes.
    • 2001, Arthur Allen, “Who Owns My Disease?”, in Mother Jones[1]:
      Sometimes, it’s not the potential for big profits that restricts access to a gene test, but just the opposite-lack of commercial incentive. In 1996, a Stanford University research team found the gene for hemochromatosis, a little-known disease in which the blood absorbs abnormally high levels of iron from the diet.
    • 2005, Michael Rosenwald, “Will You Be Able to Predict—And Prevent—Your Disease?”, in Popular Science, volume 267, number 3, page 63:
      She flips another page and says, “Oh, now this is interesting.” Apparently I carry one of the two genetic mutations required to develop hemochromatosis, an iron-overload disorder that destroys the liver.
    • 2012, Mohammadali M. Shoja; R. Shane Tubbs; Alireza Ghaffari; Marios Loukas; Paul S. Agutter, “Rethinking the Origin of Chronic Diseases”, in BioScience, volume 62, number 5, Oxford UP, DOI:10.1525/bio.2012.62.5.8, page 470:
      Even if the two diseases in such a pair are clinically dissimilar, the primary pathophysiological events could overlap substantially (e.g., increased intestinal iron absorption in nutritional anemia and hemochromatosis).



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