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leukemia

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noun leu·ke·mia \lü-ˈkē-mē-ə\

Simple Definition of leukemia

  • medical : a very serious disease in which the body forms too many white blood cells

Full Definition of leukemia

  1. :  an acute or chronic disease in humans and other warm-blooded animals characterized by an abnormal increase in the number of white blood cells in the tissues and often in the blood

leu·ke·mic play \-mik\ adjective or noun

Origin of leukemia

New Latin


First Known Use: circa 1855

Rhymes with leukemia


Medical Dictionary

leukemia

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noun leu·ke·mia \lü-ˈkē-mē-ə\

Medical Definition of leukemia

  1. :  an acute or chronic disease of unknown cause in humans and other warm-blooded animals that involves the blood-forming organs, is characterized by an abnormal increase in the number of white blood cells in the tissues of the body with or without a corresponding increase of those in the circulating blood, and is classified according to the type of white blood cell most prominently involved—see acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia, feline leukemia, lymphoblastic leukemia, lymphocytic leukemia, monocytic leukemia, myelogenous leukemia, promyelocytic leukemia



Variants of leukemia

also leu·ce·mia \lü-ˈkē- also lü-ˈsē-\play play or chiefly British leu·kae·mia also leu·cae·mia


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