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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: hi-dre'me-a


A condition in which the blood volume is increased as a result of an increase in the water content of plasma, with or without a reduction in the concentration of protein; there is an excess of plasma in proportion to the cellular elements and a corresponding decrease in hematocrit.

Synonym(s): dilution anemia, polyplasmia

[hydr- + G. haima, blood]

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