Definition of leukemia in English:

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leukemia

Pronunciation: /lo͞oˈkēmēə/
(British leukaemia)

noun

A malignant progressive disease in which the bone marrow and other blood-forming organs produce increased numbers of immature or abnormal leukocytes. These suppress the production of normal blood cells, leading to anemia and other symptoms.
Example sentences
  • The symptoms of leukaemia vary greatly, depending on the exact type of disease and how advanced it is.
  • There are two basic reasons for carrying out bone marrow transplantation for leukaemia and lymphoma.
  • In people with leukemia, the bone marrow produces a large number of abnormal white blood cells.

Derivatives

leukemic

Pronunciation: /lo͞oˈkēmik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Their immature and uniform appearance raised the possibility of malignant lymphoma in the leukemic phase.
  • The cutaneous T-cell lymphomas are non-Hodgkin lymphomas of epidermotropic lymphocytes, of which the most common forms are mycosis fungoides and its leukemic variant, Sezary syndrome.
  • When performing microarrays to evaluate leukemias, normal and leukemic cells found in blood or bone marrow are first separated by density gradient centrifugation.

Origin

Mid 19th century: coined in German from Greek leukos 'white' + haima 'blood'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: leu·ke·mi·a

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