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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


meningeal leukemia  listen  (meh-NIN-jee-ul loo-KEE-mee-uh)

  A serious problem that may occur in leukemia. In meningeal leukemia, cancer cells have spread from the original (primary) tumor to the meninges (thin layers of tissue that cover and protect the brain and spinal cord). The cancer may cause the meninges to be inflamed. Also called leukemic leptomeningitis and leukemic meningitis.