One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An abnormally high proportion of monocytes in the blood, especially associated with glandular fever.
- ‘Common benign causes include adenoviral illness in children, mononucleosis, and some pharmaceuticals, and these can usually be identified with a careful history and examination.’
- ‘These white blood cells help fight viral infections, and an increased number of ‘atypical’ lymphocytes usually indicates current infection with mononucleosis.’
- ‘As a sophomore, a bout with mononucleosis and an injury limited his play to 29 games, in which he scored just three goals.’
- ‘The pharyngitis and flu-like symptoms are difficult to distinguish from mononucleosis in older patients.’
- ‘The flu gave way to mononucleosis and finally chronic fatigue syndrome, which sidelined him for several months.’
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