Literally meaning: state of blood coloration
Origin: Anc Greek
χρώμα/chroma(=color) > χρίπτω/chripto(=touch or anoint)
-οσις/-osis (=suffix meaning “condition” or “state”)
The disease was first described by Troisier-Hanot-Chauffard in 1865. The term was coined in 1899 by von Reckling-hausen in order to describe a pigmentation which was thought to be derived from the blood.
Hemochromatosis is an iron –storage disorder due to an inappropriately high absorption of iron from duodenum leading to iron deposition in various tissues or organs.