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
leukemicplay \lü-ˈkē-mik\ adjective or noun
Recent Examples of leukemia from the Web
Last December, Lottie Tomlinson and Louis Tomlinson's mother, Johanna Deakin, passed away after a battle with leukemia.
The tribute takes place one year ago to the day when Sager received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPY Awards for his courageous and public battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
Former WKU and NFL tight end Mitchell Henry died Friday morning after losing his battle with leukemia.
However, unlike in the original paper, these mice did not survive any longer than untreated mice with leukemia.
During Tuesday’s practice Olsen was shadowed by Foster Hale, a 17-year-old Piedmont High student with leukemia, through the Make-a-Wish program.
West died peacefully late Friday after a short battle with leukemia, his family said in a statement posted on Facebook.
McGillis lost his life to leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.
Team Jay, the Facebook page chronicling his progress since Jay was diagnosed in 2014 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has about 11,000 followers.
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Origin and Etymology of leukemia
First Known Use: 1850See Words from the same year
LEUKEMIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of leukemia for English Language Learners
medical : a very serious disease in which the body forms too many white blood cells
LEUKEMIA Defined for Kids
Definition of leukemia for Students
: a serious disease in which too many white blood cells are formed
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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