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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as leucemia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US, oncology, pathology A type of malignancy affecting the blood cells or blood-forming tissues.
  • noun US, oncology, pathology, countable Any specific form or type of cancer of the blood-forming tissues

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun malignant neoplasm of blood-forming tissues; characterized by abnormal proliferation of leukocytes; one of the four major types of cancer

Etymologies

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From German Leukämie, from Ancient Greek λευκός ("white") and αἷμα ("blood").

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