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Definition of "leukopenia" [leukopenia]

  • An abnormally low number of white blood cells in the circulating blood. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "leukopenia" in a sentence
  • "An abnormally low count known as leukopenia might indicate bone-marrow failure, a disorder of the liver or spleen, lupus or exposure to radiation."
  • "Recent studies have begun to unravel the cause of this phenomenon, and new research suggests that African Americans with the disease have a unique survival advantage if they have both a low white blood cell count (known as leukopenia) and a genetic variation that is found mainly in persons of African ancestry."
  • "Side effects included pancreatitis and shingles that resulted in discontinuation of 5-acetylsalicylic acid, leukopenia corrected by withholding 6-mercaptopurine and self-resolved hepatitis."