neutropenia

noun

neu·​tro·​pe·​nia ˌn(y)ü-trə-ˈpē-nē-ə How to pronounce neutropenia (audio)
: leukopenia in which the decrease in white blood cells is chiefly in neutrophils
neutropenic adjective

Examples of neutropenia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 11-year-old has a rare blood disease called chronic cyclic neutropenia, which causes her white cell count to drop dramatically low every three months. Suzanne Malveaux, CNN, 25 Apr. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from neutro- (from International Scientific Vocabulary neutrophil) + -penia

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neutropenia was in 1915

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“Neutropenia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neutropenia. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

neutropenia

noun
neu·​tro·​pe·​nia ˌn(y)ü-trə-ˈpē-nē-ə How to pronounce neutropenia (audio)
: leukopenia in which the decrease in white blood cells is chiefly in neutrophils
neutropenic adjective

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