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Leukemia (American English) or leukaemia (British English) (from the Ancient Greek "white", and "blood") is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells called "blasts".

leukemia n : malignant neoplasm of blood-forming tissues; characterized by abnormal proliferation of leukocytes; one of the four major types of cancer [syn: {leukaemia}, {leucaemia}, {cancer of the blood}]

32 Moby Thesaurus words for "leukemia": Christmas disease, Hand-Schuller-Christian disease, Letterer-Siwe syndrome, acute leukemia, anemia, angiohemophilia, aplastic anemia, chronic leukemia, cyclic neutropenia, erythrocytosis, hemoglobinopathy, hemophilia, hemophilia A, hemophilia B, hypochromic anemia, infectious granuloma, iron deficiency anemia, leukemic reticuloendotheliosis, macrocytic anemia, multiple myeloma, myelogenous leukemia, neutropenia, pernicious anemia, plasma cell leukemia, plasmacytoma, polycythemia, pseudoleukemia, purpura, purpura hemorrhagica, sickle-cell anemia, thalassemia, vascular hemophilia


Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that occurs when lymphocytes, white blood cells that form a part of the immune system and help protect the body from infection and disease, begin behaving abnormally.

lymphoma n : a neoplasm of lymph tissue that is usually malignant; one of the four major types of cancer [also: {lymphomata} (pl)]

Lymphoma \Lym*pho"ma\, n. [NL. See {Lymph}, and {-oma}.] (Med.) A tumor having a structure resembling that of a lymphatic gland; -- called also {lymphadenoma}. [1913 Webster] {Malignant lymphoma}, a fatal disease characterized by the formation in various parts of the body of new growths resembling lymphatic glands in structure. [1913 Webster]

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  • leukemia: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • leukemia: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • lymphoma: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • lymphoma: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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