lymphocytic leukemia


: leukemia of either of two types marked by an abnormal increase in the number of white blood cells (such as lymphocytes) which accumulate especially in bone marrow, lymphoid tissue, and circulating blood

called also lymphatic leukemia

Examples of lymphocytic leukemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Texas Department of State Health Services conducted two assessments in 2022 examining cancer rates from 2006 to 2019 in Laredo and found a higher rate of acute lymphocytic leukemia, breast cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma compared with cancer rates elsewhere in the state. Alejandra Martinez, ProPublica, 15 Mar. 2024 But long-term exposure to the gas can cause breast cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, lymphocytic leukemia, and myeloma. Lizzy Lawrence, STAT, 14 Mar. 2024 In July 2001, Harwell’s son Presley died at the age of 6 months from acute lymphocytic leukemia. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2023 That same year, Harwell’s six-month-old son, Presley Scott, died of complications from acute lymphocytic leukemia, leading the singer to create a research fund for the disease. Daniel Kohn, Spin, 4 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for lymphocytic leukemia 

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lymphocytic leukemia was in 1956

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“Lymphocytic leukemia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

lymphocytic leukemia

variants also lymphatic leukemia or lymphoid leukemia
: leukemia of either of two types marked by an abnormal increase in the number of white blood cells (as lymphocytes) which accumulate in bone marrow, lymphoid tissue (as of the lymph nodes and spleen), and circulating blood see acute lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia
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