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An abnormally low concentration of circulating white blood cells in the blood.


Low white blood cell counts are linked with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, leukemia, and aplastic anemia.

Word origin: Greek leuko- (white) + Greek penía (poverty, need).
Related forms: leukopenic (adjective).

Variant: leucopenia

Synonym: leukocytopenia
Compare: leukocytosis

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