osmotic fragility

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osmotic fragility

[äz′mäd·ik frə′jil·əd·ē]
(physiology)
Susceptibility of red blood cells to lyses when placed in dilute (hypotonic) salt solutions.
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Genetics expert Jessica Brown, who looks after her at Sheffield Children's Hospital, said: "The main concern with this condition is that the fragility of the blood vessels can lead to major complications, such as a rupture.