Definition of anemic in US English:


(British anaemic)


  • 1Suffering from anemia.

    ‘the doctor said you were a bit anemic’
    ‘an anemic patient’
    • ‘Fifty percent of patients who donate autologous blood arrive anemic the day of surgery and require reinfusion of autologous blood as well as allogenic transfusion to tolerate surgery.’
    • ‘If you are anemic and don't have iron or vitamin B12 lack (about 70% of all anemic patients), what do you have?’
    • ‘When jaundice does not respond to phototherapy, or when the baby is anemic, a blood transfusion may be necessary.’
    • ‘One half of patients with newly diagnosed gluten-sensitive enteropathy are anemic.’
    • ‘The frequency of perioperative blood transfusion was significantly higher in the patients who were anemic.’
    • ‘If the patient is anemic, transfusion of one or more units of packed red blood cells may be prescribed.’
    • ‘But also the actual process of donating autologous blood makes you anaemic and makes you more likely to need a transfusion during your surgery.’
    • ‘Our results highlight that in African communities in which malaria is endemic there are severely anaemic children who are not detected by the current healthcare system and who seem to be at considerable risk of poor development.’
    • ‘He said examples where it might be better to avoid a transfusion, as a precaution, included patients who were slightly anaemic following hospital treatment.’
    • ‘Most of them are severely anemic and suffer from aches and pains.’
    • ‘Two alternative strategies are used to support genetically anemic patients.’
    • ‘Therefore, if a patient is anemic and the guaiac test result is negative, gastrointestinal hemorrhage still cannot be totally excluded, especially with bleeding from the lower gastrointestinal tract.’
    • ‘We sought out to evaluate the outcomes of anemic patients admitted to a medical ICU in comparison to non-anemic patients.’
    • ‘Although it has been thought of as a symptom of iron deficiency, it is more commonly discovered in patients who are not anemic.’
    • ‘Nearly 90 percent of MDS patients are anemic and require regular transfusions of red cells.’
    • ‘The process of inducing acute anemia was considered dangerous, as it places patients at risk for anemic complications in addition to those associated with the surgical procedure.’
    • ‘Does a blood transfusion in anemic patients with acute coronary syndrome improve survival?’
    • ‘If you are anemic your health care provider may prescribe an iron supplement.’
    • ‘Although in utero transfusions remain the treatment of choice for anaemic fetuses affected by red cell alloimmunisation, methods for monitoring the at risk fetus have evolved.’
    • ‘She was diagnosed by her Western Medicine doctor as anemic and suffering from a yeast infection.’
    colourless, bloodless, pale, pallid, wan, ashen, white, white as a ghost, white as a sheet, grey, jaundiced, waxen, chalky, chalk-white, milky, pasty, pasty-faced, whey-faced, peaky, sickly, tired-looking, washed out, sallow, drained, drawn, sapped, ghostly, deathly, deathlike, bleached
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    1. 1.1 Lacking in color, spirit, or vitality.
      ‘an anemic aspidistra stood in the grate’
      ‘Boro gave a thoroughly anemic performance’
      • ‘The majority are contemporary Spanish hits and may go over well with the hometown crowd - but to an outsider, they sound pretty lame and anaemic.’
      • ‘But it's also likely to reflect continued weak investment by businesses in new plants and equipment, a factor contributing to the first quarter's anemic performance, economists said.’
      • ‘The gentle light at this time of year allows pastel shades room to perform without appearing washed out and anaemic.’
      • ‘It has worked for a colourless anaemic religion to which men pay lip homage.’
      • ‘Their anaemic performance over the last 18 months has come as a surprise even to us.’
      • ‘The mystery attic boarder wrapped bobby pins in twists of toilet tissue - pale lime, or anemic strawberry - and slipped them under my door after dark.’
      • ‘Since then, they have experienced three straight seasons of offensive decline, culminating with their anemic performance against the Diamondbacks in the World Series.’
      • ‘Spindle-thin trunks of Douglas fir and western larch stood in anemic, dying thickets, toppling like the flagpoles of small, failed nations.’
      • ‘I blamed the lack of flowering and the anemic show of leaves on poor soil.’
      • ‘Alternatively, let's say your system performance is really anemic today.’
      • ‘You know… that's what religion has become, a feeble and anaemic nonsense.’
      • ‘The picture seems annoyingly soft - some of this may have been intentional in the original production - with weak definition and anemic color.’
      • ‘Setup is joyously simple, and DVD performance is good, if not spectacular, but the sound is anaemic, lacking sufficient detail for music and serious clout for movies.’
      • ‘If the labour movement is weak, anaemic, perhaps crippled, then failure is too close for comfort.’
      • ‘A few nice, tasteful displays notwithstanding, the overall performance was pretty anemic.’
      • ‘The walls were painted a pale almost fleshy pink colour (what might be described as anaemic salmon).’
      • ‘An anemic supply chain, poor infrastructure, and government red tape have kept manufacturers away for years.’
      • ‘The ‘roast’ halibut looked a bit anaemic and was served on what is becoming a ubiquitous bland base for fish: leeks, haricots verts and asparagus.’
      • ‘The anemic palate that colours the film - grays, browns, and other hushed earth tones - provide the foreboding backdrop.’
      • ‘It is anaemic, lacking in vision, and a generally debate-free zone.’
      feeble, weak, insipid, pallid, pale, wishy-washy, vapid, bland, poor, puny, flat, inadequate
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