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primary hemochromatosis


Definition: a specific inherited metabolic defect with increased absorption and accumulation of iron on a normal diet; autosomal recessive inheritance caused by a mutation in the hemochromatosis gene (HFE) on 6p, less florid in females; juvenile hemochromatosis may represent a homozygous state of the same gene.

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