-emia, -aemia +
(Greek: a suffix; blood, usually a diseased condition of the blood)
2. Too many red blood cells which is the opposite of anemia.
Polycythemia formally exists when the hemoglobin, red blood cell count, and the total volume are all above normal.
2. Blood poisoning resulting from the absorption of the products of putrefaction.
3. The presence of the products of putrefaction in the bloodstream; septicemia.
2. A systemic disease caused by pathogenic organisms or their toxins in the bloodstream: Also known as blood poisoning, septicemia is a condition that is caused by the spread of germs and their infective elements via the circulating blood.
Bacteria often commonly enter the bloodstream (a condition called "bacteremia" or blood poisoning), but usually only a small number of bacteria do this and so no symptoms develop of septicemia.
Most bacteria that enter the bloodstream are rapidly removed by white blood cells. Sometimes there are too many bacteria to be removed easily, and septicemia can develop.
A sickness that is widespread throughout the bloodstream is called "sepsis", or septicemia, which can cause severe symptoms of illness.
2. A chronic hereditary form of anemia that occurs mainly in people of African descent.
It is caused by a gene inherited from both parents.