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Medical TermDescription
AIDSacquired immunodeficiency syndrome
ALLacute lymphocytic leukemia
AMLacute myelogenous leukemia
ANAantinuclear antibody
ARCAIDS-related complex
ATLadult T cell leukemia
carcinomaCancer that originates in skin cells or tissue lining organs.
CLLchronic lymphocytic leukemia
CMLchronic myelogenous leukemia
CSDcat scratch disease
DPTdiphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (vaccine)
EBVEpstein-Barr virus
ELISAenzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
GVHDgraft-versus-host disease
immunoglobulinsAn infection-fighting protein in the blood or secretory fluids that helps destroy bacteria, viruses and toxins.
immunosuppressantDeliberate prevention or diminution of the host's immune response.
KSKaposi sarcoma
LIFleukemia inhibatory factor
lymphaden/olymph node
lymphadenitisInflammation of the lymph nodes.
lymphangiomaA congenital malformation of the lymphatic system.
macrophageA type of white blood cell that is part of the immune system. It digests targeted cells and cellular debris.
myosarcomaA general term for a malignant neoplasm derived from muscular tissue.
NKnatural killer
rickettsiaA genus of gram-negative, aerobic, rod-shaped bacteria often surrounded by a protein micro capsular layer and slime layer. Transmitted to humans by arthropods. Cause Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Typhus.
scirrh/ohard, hard tumor
splenomegalyEnlargement of the spleen.
staphylococciGram-positive bacteria. Natural populations of Staphylococcus are found on the skin and mucous membranes.
TATtetanus antitoxin
thymectomySurgical removal of the thymus gland.
TNFtumor necrosis factor
TNMtumor, node, metastasis
toxoplasmosisA parasitic infection by Toxoplasma gondii. Most infections are asymptomatic.
varicellaPrimary infection causes chickenpox; reactivation causes herpes zoster.
WBCwhite blood cell; white blood count

Authors and Reviewers

Authored by Dr. Barbara A. Erickson
Medically reviewed by Dr. Jonathan Keroes, MD
Last Update: 12/18/2022

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