acute lymphoblastic leukaemiamedical dictionary

<haematology> A rapidly progressing cancer of the blood affecting the type of white blood cell known as lymphocytes. Approximately 650 new cases are diagnosed every year in the UK and it is the most common form of childhood leukaemia.

Acronym: ALL

Origin: Gr. Haima = blood

American spelling: acute lymphoblastic leukemia

(11 Nov 1997)