leukemia

noun
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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Other Words from leukemia

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

Examples of leukemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cantley found the diet spurred tumor growth in mice with leukemia. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Special diets might boost the power of drugs to vanquish cancers," 1 Apr. 2021 Smart also had to lead his program during an emotional time in January 2018 when one of his best players, Andrew Jones, was diagnosed with leukemia and didn’t play for the rest of that season or most of 2018-2019. Steve Megargee, chicagotribune.com, "Shaka Smart leaves Texas to take over as Marquette basketball coach," 27 Mar. 2021 Smart also had to lead his program an emotional time in January 2018 when one of his best players, Andrew Jones, was diagnosed with leukemia and didn’t play for the rest of that season or most of 2018-2019. Steve Megargee, ajc, "Shaka Smart leaves Texas to take over Marquette's program," 26 Mar. 2021 In September, Mollel, the school's founding father, passed away at 42 after fighting acute leukemia for six months. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "Minnesota 'saint' gardener uses plant sales to transform lives of youngsters in Tanzania," 19 Mar. 2021 The mental strength fostered then was needed once again when Jones himself was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia three years ago. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "A national inspiration, Andrew Jones’ resiliency was forged at Irving MacArthur — and his comeback story isn’t over yet," 19 Mar. 2021 In the most recent report released in January 2021, the number of childhood cancers, specifically including acute lymphoblastic leukemia is significantly higher than expected. Alison Medley, Chron, "A new cancer cluster identified in Houston's Kashmere Gardens neighborhood," 22 Jan. 2021 In January 2018, Jones — a former All-American at MacArthur — was diagnosed with leukemia during his sophomore season at Texas. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "A national inspiration, Andrew Jones’ resiliency was forged at Irving MacArthur — and his comeback story isn’t over yet," 19 Mar. 2021 Nearly 20 years ago, Birkin was diagnosed with leukemia. Washington Post, "Jane Birkin is back with a new album, but her presence is everlasting," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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“Leukemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leukemia. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce leukemia (audio) \

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 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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