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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


bone marrow transplantation  listen  (bone MAYR-oh tranz-plan-TAY-shun)

  A procedure to replace bone marrow that has been destroyed by treatment with high doses of anticancer drugs or radiation. Transplantation may be autologous (an individual's own marrow saved before treatment), allogeneic (marrow donated by someone else), or syngeneic (marrow donated by an identical twin).