Meaning of leukaemia in English:


Pronunciation /l(j)uːˈkiːmɪə/


mass noun
  • A malignant progressive disease in which the bone marrow and other blood-forming organs produce increased numbers of immature or abnormal leucocytes. These suppress the production of normal blood cells, leading to anaemia and other symptoms.

    ‘The symptoms of leukaemia vary greatly, depending on the exact type of disease and how advanced it is.’
    • ‘There are two basic reasons for carrying out bone marrow transplantation for leukaemia and lymphoma.’
    • ‘In people with leukemia, the bone marrow produces a large number of abnormal white blood cells.’
    • ‘However, it may be a sign of platelet or vascular disorders and is common in leukaemia and HIV infection.’
    • ‘Such transplants are one of the most effective treatments for leukemia and other diseases.’
    • ‘Call the doctor if your child has any of the signs or symptoms of leukemia.’
    • ‘When a person with symptoms of leukaemia goes to their GP, they will usually be physically examined.’
    • ‘In leukaemia, white blood cells multiply in an uncontrolled and abnormal way.’
    • ‘Given alongside chemotherapy, it can reduce the symptoms of leukaemia very quickly.’
    • ‘Childhood exposure is linked to an increased risk for leukemia and thyroid cancer.’
    • ‘It was hoped the drug would help arthritis, leukaemia and multiple sclerosis.’
    • ‘The charity was set up to buy Christmas gifts for children with cancer, leukaemia and other illnesses.’
    • ‘Treatment aims to destroy all the white blood cells affected by leukaemia.’
    • ‘Stem cell transplantation is commonly used for a variety of malignant disorders such as leukemias and lymphomas.’
    • ‘Benzene is especially noxious, with the ability to cause bone marrow cancer and leukemia.’
    • ‘This type of leukemia is also known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute childhood leukemia.’
    • ‘The cold developed into pneumonia, which turned out to be a symptom of leukaemia.’
    • ‘When a child has leukemia, large numbers of abnormal white blood cells are produced in the bone marrow.’
    • ‘In some types of cancer, particularly leukaemia, high-dose chemotherapy is used.’
    • ‘The two most important cancers in this context are colorectal cancer and leukaemia.’


Mid 19th century coined in German from Greek leukos ‘white’ + haima ‘blood’.