Agranulocytosis

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Agranulocytosis
Classification and external resources
ICD-10D70.
ICD-9288.0
DiseasesDB8994
MeSHD000380

Agranulocytosis is a medical condition where there are very few granulocytes (a kind of white blood cell) in the blood. It is a type of severe and dangerous leukopenia (a condition of very low number of white blood cells). If the agranulocytosis is because of a lack of neutrophils (called neutropenia), it is especially bad.[1][2]

Where does the name come from?[change | change source]

Agranulocytosis is a medical word made up of three parts:

  • a, from the Greek, meaning without
  • granulocyte, a particular kind of cell, is itself two words put together:
  • osis, from the Greek, meaning condition or disorder

References[change | change source]

  1. "eMedicine/Stedman Medical Dictionary".
  2. Neutropenia: Practice Essentials, Background, Pathophysiology. 4 February 2019. https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/204821-overview.