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leukopenia

or leucopenia

[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 called leukocytopenia
[loo-kuh-sahy-tuh-pee-nee-uh] /ˌlu kəˌsaɪ təˈpi ni ə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of leukopenia
1895-1900
1895-1900; < New 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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Examples from the Web for leukopenia
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  • Decrease in number of leukocytes, or leukopenia, is not important.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
  • leukopenia has still another meaning in certain cases of severe anæmia, where it indicates a highly unfavourable prognosis.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • It was the beginning stages, the harsh cough, the slight temperature, the leukopenia.

    Pandemic Jesse Franklin Bone
leukopenia in Medicine

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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