Etymology
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leukemia (n.)

progressive blood disease characterized by abnormal accumulation of leucocytes, 1851, on model of German Leukämie (1848), coined by R. Virchow from Greek leukos "clear, white" (from PIE root *leuk- "light, brightness") + haima "blood" (see -emia). Formerly also leucemia.

updated on April 29, 2017

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Definitions of leukemia from WordNet

leukemia (n.)
malignant neoplasm of blood-forming tissues; characterized by abnormal proliferation of leukocytes; one of the four major types of cancer;
Synonyms: leukaemia / leucaemia / cancer of the blood
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