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Dyscrasias

Definition

Dyscrasia is a nonspecific term that refers to a disease or disorder, especially of the blood. The latter is called a blood dyscrasia.

Before modern medicine, it meant an imbalance of four body fluids: blood, bile, lymph, and phlegm.

References

Natelson EA, Chughtai-Harvey I, Rabbi S. Hematology. Rakel RE, Rakel DP, eds. Textbook of Family Medicine. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 39.


Review Date: 1/10/2019
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