Words nearby leuk-
WORDS THAT USE LEUK-
What does leuk- mean?
Leuk- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “white” or “white blood cell.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in pathology.
Leuk- comes from the Greek leukós, meaning “white, bright.”
Leuk- is a variant of leuko-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
The combining form leuc-, as in leucoline, is a common variant of leuk-.
Want to know more? Read our Words That Use leuko-, leuc-, and leuco- articles.
Examples of leuk-
Leukemia, sometimes spelled leucemia, is a type of cancer of the bone marrow that prevents the normal manufacture of red and white blood cells and platelets. It results in anemia, increased susceptibility to infection, and impaired blood clotting.
The English word leukemia comes immediately from the German Leukämie, a term in turn based on the Greek leukós, source of leuk-.
What about the -emia portion of leukemia? It is a combining form that denotes a condition of the blood, and ultimately comes from the Greek root haîma, meaning “blood.” Hematology, the study of blood, is another word you may have come across that also comes from Greek.
So, putting it all back together, leukemia has the literal sense of “(disease of) white blood (cells).”
What are some words that use or are related to the combining form leuk-?
- leukoma (using the equivalent form of leuko- in New Latin)
What are some other forms that leuk- may be commonly confused with?
How to use leuk- in a sentence
Folk wull be comin' frae miles aroond juist to leuk at thesperity bit.
It wull mak' a braid street ye can leuk doon frae yer doorway here.
In order to make the pass of the Gemmi, it is necessary to go through the Baths of Leuk.Saunterings|Charles Dudley Warner
But I dinna think she likes him a'thegither by the leuk o' her.'Robert Falconer|George MacDonald
Patroclus and Antilochus were with Achilles in Leuk, etc. etc.The World of Homer|Andrew Lang