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Definition of Acute leukemia

Acute leukemia: Cancer of the blood cells that characteristically comes on suddenly and, if not treated, progresses quickly. In acute leukemia, the leukemic cells are not able to mature properly.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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