leukemia

noun 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

leukemic

play \lü-ˈkē-mik\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of leukemia

New Latin


LEUKEMIA Defined for English Language Learners

leukemia

noun

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

noun leu·ke·mia \ lü-ˈkē-mē-ə \

Definition of leukemia for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

leukemia

noun 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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