leukemia

Introduction

leukemia lo͞okē´mēə [key], cancerous disorder of the blood-forming tissues (bone marrow, lymphatics, liver, spleen) characterized by excessive production of immature or mature leukocytes (white blood cells; see blood ) and consequently a crowding-out of red blood cells and platelets. It was first named by Rudolf Virchow in 1887.

See also cancer .

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