leukemia

noun
leu·​ke·​mia | \lü-ˈkē-mē-ə \

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 \ adjective or noun

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As vice president, Bush once visited a children’s leukemia ward in Krakow. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: The Real George H.W. Bush," 5 Dec. 2018 For years, Dee Dee duped family, friends, and even the media, into thinking her daughter was afflicted with a long list of ailments, including leukemia and muscular dystrophy. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "Gypsy Rose Blanchard: A Look Back at Her Surreal Childhood and the Mother She Murdered," 6 Nov. 2018 At the start of training camp, Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia and returned in November, to only miss three games the rest of the season. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers Roberto Luongo, Aleksander Barkov up for NHL awards Wednesday night," 19 June 2018 Meredith has also been informed by Dr. Richard Weber that her estranged father, Thatcher, has leukemia and only weeks to live. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Grey's Anatomy Brought Back a Bunch of Familiar Faces for Last Night's Episode," 2 Nov. 2018 But, research suggests that getting leukemia into remission is often much more difficult the second time around. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "WWE Star Roman Reigns Reveals Leukemia Diagnosis: 'I Will Beat This and I Will Be Back'," 23 Oct. 2018 Moore played a teenager with leukemia in the 2002 film, which was adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "'This Is Us' star Mandy Moore 'flabbergasted' she's best known for tearjerker projects," 25 Sep. 2018 And, according to the National Cancer Institute, over 61 percent of those diagnosed with leukemia will live at least five years. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "WWE Star Roman Reigns Reveals Leukemia Diagnosis: 'I Will Beat This and I Will Be Back'," 23 Oct. 2018 One patient, 5-year-old John Shivensky Delice, has been hospitalized since April with leukemia. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "Young Cancer Patients in Poor Countries Get a Boost," 26 Sep. 2018

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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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The first known use of leukemia was in 1850

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leukemia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leukemia

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

leukemia

noun
leu·​ke·​mia | \lü-ˈkē-mē-ə \

Kids Definition of leukemia

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

leukemia

noun
leu·​ke·​mia | \lü-ˈkē-mē-ə \
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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