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leukopenia

Syllabification: leu·ko·pe·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ˌlo͞okəˈpēnēə
 
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(British also leucopenia)

Definition of leukopenia in English:

noun

Medicine
A reduction in the number of white cells in the blood, typical of various diseases.
Example sentences
  • Instruct patients about potential symptoms of leukopenia and liver disease.
  • The hallmark laboratory features of the disease include leukopenia, thrombocytopenia and elevated liver transaminases.
  • With Lazarus, he published a book that dealt with normal blood and the appearance of blood cells in various pathologic states, including leukocytosis, leukopenia, leukemia, and anemia.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek leukos 'white' + penia 'poverty'.

Derivatives

leukopenic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Similarly, the WBC of leukopenic specimens tended to increase from day 5 onward, whereas the opposite was true, although minimally so, from day 4 onward for specimens with high initial counts.
  • In contrast, the changes in the WBC of leukopenic specimens, as observed from day 5 onward in particular, are less than desirable.

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