Chronic myeloid leukaemia

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Chronic myeloid leukaemia

(Science: 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.

Synonym: chronic granulocytic leukaemia.

Acronym: CML

Origin: gr. Haima = blood