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An abnormal reduction in the oxygen content of the blood.

an′ox·e′mic adj.
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Adj.1.anoxemic - relating to or marked by abnormally little oxygen in arterial bloodanoxemic - relating to or marked by abnormally little oxygen in arterial blood
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A sharp distinction must furthermore be drawn between true polycythemia and anoxemic or secondary polycythemia.
Parameter Polycythemia vera Anoxemic or secondary polycythemia Fundamental Hyperplastic Anoxemia situation panmyelopathy Etiology Unknown Anoxemia (altitude, cardiac, pulmonary) Bone marrow Excessive Excessive erythropoiesis erythroleuko- thrombocytopoiesis Clinical Plethoric Cyanosis, chronic appearance, pulmonary disease, splenomegaly congenital cardiac disease Blood Pancytosis, No pancytosis erythrocytosis, leukocytosis Blood volume High High Red cell High High volume Plasma Normal or Low volume increased Arterial oxygen Normal Diminished saturation The most important end result of the extreme degree of panmyelopathy in PV is the development of an enormous mass of red blood cells in the circulation.