a type of cancer characterized by progressive chronic inflammation and enlargement of the lymph nodes of the neck, armpit, groin, and mesentery, by enlargement of the spleen and occasionally of the liver and the kidneys, and by lymphoid infiltration along the blood vessels.
Origin of Hodgkin's disease
1860–65; after Thomas Hodgkin (1798–1866), London physician who described it
A progressive neoplastic disease, marked by proliferation of cells arising from the lymph nodes and bone marrow; enlargement of the lymph nodes, spleen, and liver; fever; and anemia. The disease is most common in teenagers and young adults. Hodgkin's disease is named after its identifier, English pathologist Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866).