Christmas disease


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Christmas disease

n.
A type of hemophilia that is caused by a deficiency of factor IX.

[After Stephen Christmas, 20th-century British boy who was first diagnosed with it.]

Christmas disease

n
(Pathology) a relatively mild type of haemophilia, caused by lack of a protein (Christmas factor) implicated in the process of blood clotting
[C20: named after S. Christmas, the first patient suffering from the disease who was examined in detail]
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Noun1.Christmas disease - a clotting disorder similar to hemophilia A but caused by a congenital deficiency of factor IX
bleeder's disease, haemophilia, hemophilia - congenital tendency to uncontrolled bleeding; usually affects males and is transmitted from mother to son
References in periodicals archive ?
About hemophilia B Hemophilia B, also called the Christmas disease, is a blood coagulation disorder due to the deficiency or improper function of factor IX.
8220;Quantitative (low activity and low antigen) or qualitative (low activity and normal antigen) defect in FIX function results in Christmas Disease or Hemophilia B and the VisuLize[TM] FIX Antigen Kit is used for the assessment for functional activity of FIX in gene therapy.
Hemophilia B, also known as Christmas disease, is a less common type of hemophilia.