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leukemia

[loo-kee-mee-uh]
noun Pathology.
  1. 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.
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Also leucemia.

Origin of leukemia

1850–55; earlier leuchaemia < German Leukämie (1848). See leuco-, -emia
Related formsleu·ke·mic, adjectivean·ti·leu·ke·mic, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples of leukemia

  • 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

n.

1851, on model of German Leukämie (1848), coined by R. Virchow from Greek leukos "clear, white" (cognate with Gothic liuhaþ, Old English leoht "light;" see light (n.)) + haima "blood" (see -emia).

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leukemia in Medicine

leukemia

(lōō-kēmē-ə)
n.
  1. 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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Related formsleu•kemic adj.
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leukemia in Science

leukemia

[lōō-kēmē-ə]
  1. 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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leukemia in Culture

leukemia

[(looh-kee-mee-uh)]

A kind of cancer in which the number of white blood cells in the blood greatly increases. Leukemia usually spreads to the spleen, liver, lymph nodes, and other areas of the body, causing destruction of tissues and often resulting in death.

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