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

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 His son, Eddie Kehler, revealed the heartbreaking news on Monday, telling Deadline his father died of complications of leukemia on Saturday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Shafiq Najib, PEOPLE.com, 10 May 2022 The Eastside Eddie Heredia Boxing Club is a county facility memorializing a promising 17-year-old boxer who died of leukemia. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Louise Bennett’s 14-year-old son Fred died of leukemia in 2020, during the first national lockdown in Britain. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Bernhardt had died of leukemia in 2016, but Allonge found tantalizing clues in Stasi files that had become available after Germany’s reunification. Joshua Hammer, Town & Country, 28 Jan. 2022 Jack Kehler, a prolific character actor, died Saturday from complications due to leukemia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Variety, NBC News, 10 May 2022 However, in a small percentage of those people, HTLV-1 can contribute to more serious disease, including a type of leukemia called ATL, which affects the T-cells. AZCentral.com, 5 May 2022 Vanessa Bayer longed to put two things from her real life on screen: a love for shop-from-home TV networks and her teenage leukemia. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 While his rare type of leukemia/lymphoma has a very high recurrence rate, Assar says Puzey has exceeded expectations every month since his release from the hospital, and that gives hope for sustained remission. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for leukemia


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


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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