Leukemia vs Cancer - What's the difference?

leukemia | cancer | Hyponyms |

Leukemia is a hyponym of cancer.


As nouns the difference between leukemia and cancer

is that leukemia is (us|oncology|pathology) a type of malignancy affecting the blood cells or blood-forming tissues while cancer is (medicine|oncology|disease) a disease in which the cells of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

leukemia

Alternative forms

* leukaemia (UK) * (l) * (archaic)

Noun

  • (US) A type of malignancy affecting the blood cells or blood-forming tissues.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01, author=Philip E. Mirowski
  • , volume=100, issue=1, page=87, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Harms to Health from the Pursuit of Profits , passage=In an era when political leaders promise deliverance from decline through America’s purported preeminence in scientific research, the news that science is in deep trouble in the United States has been as unwelcome as a diagnosis of leukemia following the loss of health insurance.}}
  • (US, countable) Any specific form or type of cancer of the blood-forming tissues.
  • cancer

    English

    * (wikipedia "cancer")

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (medicine, oncology, disease) A disease in which the cells of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, author=(Edwin Black)
  • , title=Internal Combustion , chapter=1 citation , passage=If successful, Edison and Ford—in 1914—would move society away from the
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=76, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Snakes and ladders , passage=Risk is everywhere. From tabloid headlines insisting that coffee causes cancer (yesterday, of course, it cured it) to stern government warnings about alcohol and driving, the world is teeming with goblins. For each one there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you.}}
  • (figuratively) Something which spreads within something else, damaging the latter.
  • {{quote-book, year=1999, author=Bruce Clifford Ross-Larson, title=Effective Writing, page=134 citation
    , passage=Sierra Leone's post-dictator problems are almost absurd in their breadth. It once exported rice; now it can't feed itself. The life span of the average citizen is 39, the shortest in Africa. Unemployment stands at 87 percent and tuberculosis is spreading out of control. Corruption, brazen and ubiquitous, is a cancer on the economy.}}

    Synonyms

    * (disease) growth, malignancy, neoplasia * (something which spreads) lichen

    Hyponyms

    * tumor * leukaemia, leukemia

    Derived terms

    (types of cancer) * bowel cancer * breast cancer * colon cancer * leukemia * testicular cancer * lung cancer * prostate cancer * ovarian cancer * skin cancer * cervical cancer

    See also

    * malignant

    Anagrams

    * ----