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Definition of Leucemia

Leucemia: A different spelling of leukemia, cancer of the blood cells. The growth and development of the blood cells are abnormal. Strictly speaking, leukemia should refer only to cancer of the white blood cells (the leukocytes) but in practice it can apply to malignancy of any cellular element in the blood or bone marrow, as in red cell leukemia (erythroleukemia).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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