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Line breaks: leu|kae¦mia
Pronunciation: /luːˈkiːmɪə
(US leukemia)

Definition of leukaemia in English:


[mass noun]
A malignant progressive disease in which the bone marrow and other blood-forming organs produce increased numbers of immature or abnormal leucocytes. These suppress the production of normal blood cells, leading to anaemia 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.


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



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.

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