acute leukaemiamedical dictionary

<haematology> A rapidly progressive cancer of the blood of sudden onset and characterised by the uncontrolled proliferation of immature blood cells which take over the bone marrow and spill into the blood stream. If left untreated is fatal within a few weeks or months.

See: acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, acute myeloid leukaemia.

Origin: Gr. Haima = blood

American spelling: acute leukemia

(11 Nov 1997)