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British Dictionary definitions for leukaemia


esp US leukemia

  1. an acute or chronic disease characterized by a gross proliferation of leucocytes, which crowd into the bone marrow, spleen, lymph nodes, etc, and suppress the blood-forming apparatus
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Word Origin

C19: from leuco- + Greek haima blood
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alternative spelling of leukemia.

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