acute promyelocytic leukemia

Pronunciation: (uh-KYOOT 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 APL and promyelocytic leukemia.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2005-10-24 Date last modified: 2008-09-18