promyelocytic leukemia

Pronunciation: (proh-MY-eh-loh-SIH-tik loo-KEE-mee-uh)

An aggressive (fast-growing) type of acute myeloid leukemia in which there are too many immature blood-forming cells in the blood and bone marrow. It is usually marked by an exchange of parts of chromosomes 15 and 17. Also called acute promyelocytic leukemia and APL.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Date last modified: 2008-09-18