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leukopenia

[loo-kuh-pee-nee-uh] /ˌlu kəˈpi ni ə/
noun, Medicine/Medical
1.
a decrease in the number of white blood cells in the blood.
Also, leucopenia.
Also called leukocytopenia
[loo-kuh-sahy-tuh-pee-nee-uh] /ˌlu kəˌsaɪ təˈpi ni ə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Neo-Latin leucopenia, equivalent to leuco- leuko- + Greek penía poverty, akin to pénesthai to be poor, toil; see -ia
Related forms
leukopenic, adjective
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leukocytopenia in Medicine

leukocytopenia leu·ko·cy·to·pe·ni·a (lōō'kə-sī'tə-pē'nē-ə)
n.
See leukopenia.

leukopenia leu·ko·pe·ni·a or leu·co·pe·ni·a (lōō'kə-pē'nē-ə)
n.
An abnormally low number of white blood cells in the circulating blood. Also called leukocytopenia.


leu'ko·pe'nic adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for leukocytopenia

leukopenia

abnormally low number of white blood cells (leukocytes) in the blood circulation, defined as less than 5,000 leukocytes per cubic millimetre of blood. Leukopenia often accompanies certain infections, especially those caused by viruses or protozoans. Other causes of the condition include the administration of certain drugs (e.g., analgesics, antihistamines, and anticonvulsants), debilitation, malnutrition, chronic anemias, some spleen disorders, agranulocytosis, lupus erythematosus, and anaphylactic shock.

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