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
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.
A 64-year-old Colchester woman with a rare form of leukemia is in need of a stem cell transplant and presently has no match in the national or international banks.
A study released last year involving acute leukemia patients found that African-Americans’ chances of finding a match were half that of white patients, McGuirk said.
Urban, an actress who was battling leukemia, was a single mother with two children, a son who graduated from Hinsdale Central High School this week and a daughter in fifth grade at Monroe Elementary School.
Her husband, Gianni Cigna, who had also been her business partner, died of leukemia in 1996.
Retired music executive Harry Anger died at age 84 on Saturday at his home in Las Vegas, after a 20-year-plus battle with leukemia.
Several years later, five children developed leukemia after receiving a gene that was meant to boost their immune systems.
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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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