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or leu·co·cy·to·sis

noun Physiology, Pathology.
  1. an increase in the number of white blood cells in the blood.
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Origin of leukocytosis

From New Latin, dating back to 1865–70; see origin at leukocyte, -osis
Related formsleu·ko·cy·tot·ic [loo-koh-sahy-tot-ik] /ˌlu koʊ saɪˈtɒt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for leukocytosis

Historical Examples

  • Leukocytosis may or may not occur in these conditions, and is not important.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis

    James Campbell Todd

  • The infectious diseases in which leukocytosis is absent (p. 160) often cause a slight decrease of leukocytes.

  • Chemotaxis alone will not explain the continuance of leukocytosis for more than a short time.

  • Although the number of leukocytes bears no relation to the anemia, leukocytosis is common, being due to the same cause.

  • This cell never appears in normal blood; extremely rarely in leukocytosis; and never abundantly in lymphatic leukemia.

leukocytosis in Medicine


n. pl. leu•ko•cy•to•ses (-sēz)
  1. An abnormally large increase in the number of white blood cells in the blood, often occurring during an acute infection or inflammation.
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Related formsleu′ko•cy•totic (-tŏtĭk) adj.
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