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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


promyelocytic leukemia  listen  (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.