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agranulocytosis

Pronunciation: ă-gran′yū-lō-sī-tō′sis

Definition: An acute potentially lethal condition characterized by pronounced leukopenia with great reduction in the number of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (frequently to fewer than 500 granulocytes/mm3); infected ulcers are likely to develop in the throat, intestinal tract, and other mucous membranes, as well as in the skin.

Synonym(s): agranulocytic angina, angina lymphomatosa, neutropenic angina

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