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[mass noun] A hereditary disorder in which iron salts are deposited in the tissues, leading to liver damage, diabetes mellitus, and bronze discoloration of the skin.
- ‘First, individuals with hereditary hemochromatosis absorb more iron than the amount necessary to compensate for iron loss.’
- ‘Other signs of hereditary hemochromatosis include diabetes, a weak heart, and problems with glands or joints.’
- ‘If left untreated, however, hereditary hemochromatosis can lead to damaging or even fatal iron overload.’
- ‘Finally, he visits a new doctor who diagnoses him with hereditary hemochromatosis, a genetic disorder common among people of Northern European descent.’
- ‘However, severe iron overload from hereditary hemochromatosis or secondary causes may be indistinguishable.’
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