Definition of Leukemia

1. Noun. Malignant neoplasm of blood-forming tissues; characterized by abnormal proliferation of leukocytes; one of the four major types of cancer.

Definition of Leukemia

1. Noun. (US oncology pathology) A type of malignancy affecting the blood cells or blood-forming tissues. ¹

2. Noun. (US oncology pathology countable) Any specific form or type of cancer of the blood-forming tissues ¹

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Definition of Leukemia

1. a disease of the blood-forming organs [n -S]

Medical Definition of Leukemia

1. An acute or chronic disease of unknown cause in man and other warm blooded animals that involves the blood forming organs, is characterised by an abnormal increase in the number of leucocytes in the tissues of the body with or without a corresponding increase of those in the circulating blood and is classified according of the type leucocyte most prominently involved. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Leukemia

leukaemic hyperplastic gingivitis
leukaemic infiltration
leukaemic leukaemia
leukaemic myelosis
leukaemic reticuloendotheliosis
leukaemic reticulosis
leukaemic retinitis
leukaemic retinopathy
leukemia (current term)
leukemoid reaction

Literary usage of Leukemia

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Medical Clinics of North America by Michael C. Fiore, Stephen S. Entman, Charles B. Rush (1921)
"First described by Virchow in 1845 as a rare disease, leukemia, ... The division suggested would make leukemia analogous to pernicious anemia. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"Experimental leukemia in Fowl.—Although leukemia has been described as occurring, not frequently in horses, swine, and dogs, it is comparatively rare in ..."

3. Special pathology and therapeutics of the diseases of domestic animals v. 2 by Ferenc Hutyra (1912)
"According to whether the increase affects the lymphocytes or the leucocytes, two forms of leukemia are distinguished, namely, the lymphatic leukemia and the ..."

4. Text-book of Meat Hygiene: With Special Consideration to Ante-mortem and by Richard Heinrich Edelmann, John Robbins Mohler (1908)
"C. leukemia In food animals cases of true leukemia are more infrequent than ... True leukemia This disease, which depends on a marked and continuing ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by Albion Walter Hewlett, Lewellys Franklin Barker, Milton Howard Fussell, Henry Leopold Elsner (1916)
"ber of instances of myeloid leukemia in which the patients have described to ... In one case of lymphatic leukemia, a patient, whom I saw with Dr. TR Brown, ..."

6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"Several of the mouse leukemia viruses will cause leukemia in rats but not in any other common laboratory or domestic animal tested; the common mouse and rat ..."

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