- a type of poorly differentiated malignant lymphoma, mainly afflicting children in central Africa, characterized by a large, bone-destroying lesion of the jaw, an abdominal mass, or more diffuse disease: believed to be associated with Epstein-Barr virus.
Origin of Burkitt's lymphoma
named after Denis Parsons Burkitt (born 1911), Irish physician, who identified the malignancy in Uganda in 1957
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Burkitt's lymphoma (ˈbɜːkɪts)
- a rare type of tumour of the white blood cells, occurring mainly in Africa and associated with infection by Epstein-Barr virus
named after Dennis Burkitt (1911–93), British surgeon who first described the tumour
- An undifferentiated malignant lymphoma usually occurring among children in central Africa, characterized by a large osteolytic lesion in the mandible or by a mass in the retroperitoneal area and associated with the Epstein-Barr virus.
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