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Neutropenia

Definition
noun
An abnormally low concentration of circulating neutrophils in the blood.
Supplement
For instance, an absolute neutrophil count (ANC) of <500 per microlitre is considered (severe type) neutropenia. Individuals with neutropenia are more susceptible to bacterial infections.
Word origin: Latin prefix neutro– + Greek penía” (deficiency).
Compare: neutrophilia.

See also: granulocytopenia, agranulocytosis.


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