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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of malignancy affecting the blood cells or blood-forming tissues.
  • n. Any specific form or type of cancer of the blood-forming tissues

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as leucemia.

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

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

Etymologies

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

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