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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Reality is getting a call from the doctor and saying your kid has leukemia. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Grant and Orsillo offer welcome frivolity in Padres’ TV booth," 14 July 2018 Three days later, the results showed a blast cell which can be a precursor to acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer. Blake Sebring, Post-Tribune, "Town rallies around baby who successfully fought off cancer," 14 June 2018 After visiting many specialists, the family finally found a pediatrician who suggested Quentin could have leukemia. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "New Orleans teen survives cancer thanks to sister's stem cells, shares his story at the Vatican," 6 June 2018 Parking problem: Downtown Fishers residents irked by overnight parking ban Cancer fight: My teammate had leukemia. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "'I know she's with God ... but I just miss her,' says mom of student who died in fall overseas," 1 June 2018 The ex-bartender also notes that he was fired two days after being approved to take a two-month leave to care for his mother, who has leukemia. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Harlem’s Red Rooster Restaurant Sued for Racial Discrimination and Wage Theft," 26 Mar. 2018 Berrones took sanctuary in part because one of his kids has leukemia; he had been allowed to remain in the country under President Obama. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Warning of raids, staking out courthouses: Immigration activists find new ways to thwart Trump," 6 Mar. 2018 Children who were breast-fed have lower rates of Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, and of two types of leukemia. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Trump Stance on Breast-Feeding and Formula Criticized by Medical Experts," 9 July 2018 Laureano was a perfect match for a little girl with leukemia. Danielle Barker, USA TODAY, "Army veteran meets the little girl he saved with his bone marrow donation," 6 July 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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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 \

Kids Definition of leukemia

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


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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