chronic myeloid leukaemiamedical dictionary

<haematology> A leukaemia which is initially slowly-progressing. There are approximately 650 new cases each year in the UK. It is characterised by the presence of large numbers of abnormal mature granulocytes, circulating in the blood.

Synonyms: chronic granulocytic leukaemia.

Acronym: CML

Origin: Gr. Haima = blood

American spelling: chronic myeloid leukemia

(12 Jan 1998)