- any of several cancers of the bone marrow that prevent the normal manufacture of red and white blood cells and platelets, resulting in anemia, increased susceptibility to infection, and impaired blood clotting.
Origin of leukemia
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Examples from the Web for leukemia
Sadly, though she folded more than 1,000 cranes, she died of leukemia on October 25, 1955.Truman’s Grandson & Japan’s A-Bomb Survivors: A Story of Reconciliation
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Last year the FDA approved its use for another kind of leukemia that affects children.How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer
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Now Kenneth was Allie; his "heart troubles" were leukemia; he died at 11, not 12.What the Leaked J.D. Salinger Stories Reveal About the Author
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Jack had another daughter who died of leukemia in 1977 when she was 14 years old.Jack Germond, a Reporter From Another Time
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Kekua, the story went, died of leukemia; she was diagnosed with the disease after a nasty car accident.Listen Here: Voicemails From Manti Te’o’s ‘Girlfriend’
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They occur most abundantly in malaria, leukemia, and pernicious anemia.
It occurs in well-marked cases of pernicious anemia and leukemia, and, much less commonly, in very severe symptomatic anemias.
Pathologically, normoblasts occur in severe symptomatic anemia, leukemia, and pernicious anemia.
Pseudoleukemia, because of its clinical similarity to lymphatic leukemia, is generally described along with leukemia.
Word Origin and History for leukemia
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of various acute or chronic neoplastic diseases of the bone marrow in which unrestrained proliferation of white blood cells occurs and which is usually accompanied by anemia, impaired blood clotting, and enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen.
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- Any of various acute or chronic neoplastic diseases of the bone marrow in which unrestrained proliferation of white blood cells occurs, usually accompanied by anemia, impaired blood clotting, and enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen. Certain viruses, genetic defects, chemicals, and ionizing radiation, are associated with an increased risk of leukemia, which is classified according to the cellular maturity of the involved white blood cells.
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