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Hodgkin's disease Line breaks: Hodg|kin's dis|ease
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒdʒkɪnz/

Definition of Hodgkin's disease in English:


[mass noun]
A malignant though often curable disease of lymphatic tissues typically causing painless enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen.
Example sentences
  • The most common first symptom of Hodgkin's disease is a painless enlargement of the lymph nodes located in the neck, above the collarbone, in the underarm area, or in the groin.
  • The money is spent locally, caring for children and young people suffering from cancer, Hodgkin's disease, leukaemia, epilepsy, blood disorders or acquired brain injury.
  • Early trials, on diseases such as childhood leukaemia and Hodgkin's disease, were discouraging, the toxic chemicals used almost invariably proving poisonous not only to the cancerous cells but also to normal, unaffected cells.


Mid 19th century: named after Thomas Hodgkin (1798–1866), the English physician who first described it.

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