leu·​ke·​mia | \ lü-ˈkē-mē-ə How to pronounce leukemia (audio) \

Definition of leukemia

: 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

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leukemic \ lü-​ˈkē-​mik How to pronounce leukemic (audio) \ adjective or noun

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Months before the Dixon case, a Florida 3-year-old with leukemia was removed from chemotherapy by his parents and taken to Kentucky to avoid state intervention. oregonlive.com, "Wilsonville mom loses bid to treat 13-year-old’s cancer with CBD, not surgery," 1 Aug. 2019 Two-time Cy Young Award winner Kluber is also getting closer to returning and Carrasco, who was diagnosed with leukemia a few months ago, is hoping to pitch again this season, too. Matt Martell, SI.com, "Grading the Trevor Bauer Trade for the Indians, Reds and Padres," 31 July 2019 What if a disease involved malignant blood cells, as with leukemia? Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 Two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber hasn’t pitched since May 1, Mike Clevinger just came back after more than two months on the shelf and Carlos Carrasco has been out since the beginning of June, recently revealing he was diagnosed with leukemia. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "Just days after becoming an All-Star, Indians pitcher Shane Bieber wins MVP in front of his home fans," 10 July 2019 Two-time presidential candidate and billionaire tycoon Ross Perot, who died Tuesday at the age of 89 after a five-month battle with leukemia, was amused when comedian Dana Carvey poked fun at him on the long-running NBC show. Allen Kim, CNN, "Ross Perot loved it when Dana Carvey made fun of him on 'SNL'," 10 July 2019 Billionaire business magnate Ross Perot, who twice ran as an independent candidate for president, is dead after a battle with leukemia. NBC News, "Ross Perot, billionaire business magnate and former presidential candidate,dies at 89," 9 July 2019 The doc then cuts to a segment featuring a family in Detroit that dresses up as Marshmello every Halloween, and one in which Marshmello surprises a young fan who says his music got her through a battle with leukemia. Katie Bain, Billboard, "'Joytime' Live: Inside Last Night's Marshmello Fan Experience Party," 25 June 2019 On June 6, the Wall Street Journal’s Vatican correspondent, Francis Rocca, retweeted a video of a dad dancing for his child who was born with Down syndrome and had been diagnosed with leukemia. Sam Sweeney, National Review, "Close Your Social-Media Accounts," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of leukemia

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leukemia

New Latin

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English Language Learners Definition of leukemia

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


leu·​ke·​mia | \ lü-ˈkē-mē-ə How to pronounce leukemia (audio) \

Kids Definition of leukemia

: a serious disease in which too many white blood cells are formed


leu·​ke·​mia | \ lü-ˈkē-mē-ə How to pronounce leukemia (audio) \
variants: also leucemia \ lü-​ˈkē-​ also lü-​ˈsē-​ \ or chiefly British leukaemia also leucaemia

Medical Definition of leukemia

: 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

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