leukemia

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noun leu·ke·mia \lü-ˈkē-mē-ə\

Definition of leukemia

  1. :  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

leukemic

play \lü-ˈkē-mik\ adjective or noun

Origin and Etymology of leukemia

New Latin


First Known Use: 1850


LEUKEMIA Defined for English Language Learners

leukemia

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noun leu·ke·mia \lü-ˈkē-mē-ə\

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

leukemia

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noun leu·ke·mia \lü-ˈkē-mē-ə\

Definition of leukemia for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

leukemia

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noun leu·ke·mia \lü-ˈkē-mē-ə\
variants: also

leucemia

\lü-ˈkē- also lü-ˈsē-\play play or chiefly British

leukaemia

also

leucaemia

Medical Definition of leukemia

  1. :  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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