Definition of dyscrasia in English:


Pronunciation /dəˈskrāZH(ē)ə/ /dəˈskreɪʒ(i)ə/


  • An abnormal or disordered state of the body or of a bodily part.

    count noun ‘various blood dyscrasias’
    • ‘plasma cell dyscrasia’
    • ‘For example, a type of autoimmune disorder or blood dyscrasia may have caused some wounds that were initially diagnosed and managed as venous or ischemic ulcers.’
    • ‘The primary diagnosis was plasma cell dyscrasia in all of these patients.’
    • ‘Rare but serious complications, such as cholestatic hepatitis, blood dyscrasias and Stevens-Johnson syndrome, have been reported in patients treated with terbinafine.’
    • ‘As stated, a bone marrow biopsy was negative for plasma cell dyscrasia in our case, which further supports the diagnosis of a localized plasmacytoma.’
    • ‘Clinical suspicion of amyloidosis as the cause of an extremity mass is likely to be very low, especially in the absence of an immunocyte dyscrasia.’


Late Middle English (denoting an imbalance of physical qualities): via late Latin from Greek duskrasia ‘bad combination’, from dus- ‘bad’ + krasis ‘mixture’.