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Definition: a marked increase in the percentage of immature cells in the circulating blood, based on the premise in hematology that the bone marrow with its immature myeloid cells is on the left, whereas the circulating blood with its mature neutrophils is on the right;

See: maturation index

Synonym(s): deviation to the left

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