hairy cell leukemia

noun

: a chronic leukemia that is usually of B cell origin and is characterized by malignant cells with a ciliated appearance

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web People with hairy cell leukemia often have an enlarged spleen. Barbara Brody, Health.com, 30 Sep. 2021 This leukemia symptom is most apt to occur with one particular type called hairy cell leukemia. Barbara Brody, Health.com, 29 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hairy cell leukemia was in 1970

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“Hairy cell leukemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hairy%20cell%20leukemia. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

hairy cell leukemia

noun

: a chronic leukemia that is usually of B cell origin and is characterized by malignant cells with a ciliated appearance that replace bone marrow and infiltrate the spleen causing splenomegaly
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