Definition of leukaemia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(British English) (North American English leukemia) noun
BrE BrE//luːˈkiːmiə//
; NAmE NAmE//luːˈkiːmiə//
[uncountable] Ailments and diseases
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a serious disease in which too many white blood cells are produced, causing weakness and sometimes death The newspapers are full of stories of leukaemia clusters near nuclear establishments. See related entries: Ailments and diseases Word Originmid 19th cent.: coined in German from Greek leukos ‘white’ + haima ‘blood’.