Porphyria

(Poor-FEAR-ee-ah)
Porphyria is a rare hereditary medical condition in which a person's body does not produce heme, the main component in hemoglobin. Those who suffer with this disease have a sensitivity to sunlight, allergic reactions to GARLIC, excessive HAIR growth, scars that easily break back open and never heal properly, and a tightening of the skin around the gums and lips that gives the illusion of the incisor teeth being larger than normal. These symptoms certainly add up to what many people consider being textbook vampiric traits. However, there are no vampires, mythologically speaking, that fit this profile. People who claim to suffer from porphyria and claim that their craving to drink blood stems from the disease are incorrect. Although the craving may be real, there is absolutely no medical evidence to support the idea that porphyria sufferers crave blood, human or otherwise.
Source: Bunson, Encyclopedia of Vampires, 210; Evans, Porphyria; Ramsland, Science of Vampire, 91

Encyclopedia of vampire mythology . 2014.

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  • porphyria — porphyria. См. порфирии. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

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  • Porphyria — Any of a group of inherited diseases characterized by skin sensitivity to sunlight and/or by intermittent acute attacks of abdominal and nerve pain. The porphyrias are caused by enzyme defects that trigger the overproduction of porphyrins by the… …   Medical dictionary

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  • porphyria — n. any of a group of genetic disorders associated with abnormal metabolism of various pigments. Etymology: mod.L f. porphyrin purple substance excreted by porphyria patients f. Gk porphura purple …   Useful english dictionary

  • porphyria — noun Etymology: New Latin, from International Scientific Vocabulary porphyrin Date: 1923 any of several usually hereditary abnormalities of porphyrin metabolism characterized by excretion of excess porphyrins in the urine …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • porphyria — Any of a group of disorders in which there is excessive excretion of porphyrins or their precursors …   Dictionary of molecular biology

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