or leu·co·pe·ni·a

[ loo-kuh-pee-nee-uh ]
/ ˌlu kəˈpi ni ə /

noun Medicine/Medical.

a decrease in the number of white blood cells in the blood.

Origin of leukopenia

1895–1900; < New Latin leucopenia, equivalent to leuco- leuko- + Greek penía poverty, akin to pénesthai to be poor, toil; see -ia
Also called leu·ko·cy·to·pe·ni·a [loo-kuh-sahy-tuh-pee-nee-uh] /ˌlu kəˌsaɪ təˈpi ni ə/.
Related formsleu·ko·pe·nic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for leukopenia

  • Decrease in number of leukocytes, or leukopenia, is not important.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
  • Leukopenia has still another meaning in certain cases of severe anæmia, where it indicates a highly unfavourable prognosis.

  • It was the beginning stages, the harsh cough, the slight temperature, the leukopenia.

    Pandemic|Jesse Franklin Bone

Medicine definitions for leukopenia



An abnormally low number of white blood cells in the circulating blood.leukocytopenia
Related formsleu′ko•penic adj.
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