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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Within a year after her dad died of Richter’s syndrome, a rare complication of lymphocytic leukemia, Humphrey raised $93,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in seven weeks with her lifelong friend Zoebelle Hinojosa and was named Student of the Year by the nonprofit society. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2022 Modified immune cells decimated chronic lymphocytic leukemia, scientists found. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 11 Aug. 2011 Patients with an autoimmune disease requiring medication that suppresses their immune system, and people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia are also at higher risk. Kay Lazar,, 11 Mar. 2023 Patients with one particular blood cancer, known as B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia, were even less likely to make an immune response: Only 23 percent had detectable antibodies, even though most of them were not taking immune-suppressing drugs at the time. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 16 June 2021 The cause was congestive heart failure and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, said his partner, Sharon Jones. Clay Risen,, 20 Dec. 2022 Kabosu was diagnosed with acute cholangiohepatitis, a liver condition, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a type of blood cancer, Sato said in a post Tuesday. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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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 6 Jun. 2023.

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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