Definition of agranulocytosis
: an acute febrile condition marked by severe decrease in blood granulocytes and often associated with the use of certain drugs
Origin and Etymology of agranulocytosis
First Known Use: 1927
Medical Definition of agranulocytosis
: an acute blood disorder that is marked by a decrease of circulating granulocytes (such as neutrophils) and is characterized especially by weakness, chills, swollen neck, sore throat, mouth ulcers, and jaundice ◆Agranulocytosis results from a decline in the production of granulocytes or from granulocyte destruction. It is typically an acquired condition occurring as a side effect of certain drugs or chemotherapy or sometimes as a complication of various medical conditions (such as infection, autoimmune disease, or aplastic anemia). —called also agranulocytic angina, granulocytopenia
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