Definition of Burkitt's lymphoma in English:

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Burkitt's lymphoma

Pronunciation: /ˌbərkits limˈfōmə/


Cancer of the lymphatic system, caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, chiefly affecting children in central Africa.
Example sentences
  • Two of these viruses, Kaposis Sarcoma Associated Herpes virus and Epstein - Barr virus, predispose infected individuals to the cancers Kaposis sarcoma, Burkitt's lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease.
  • EBV is associated with Hogkin's disease, Burkitt's lymphoma and stomach cancer.
  • But scientists have much more to learn about how other genetic mutations, environmental factors and infectious agents, such as the Epstein-Barr virus, work together to cause Burkitt's lymphoma.


1960s: named after D. P. Burkitt (1911–93), the British surgeon who described it.

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Syllabification: Bur·kitt's lym·pho·ma

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