One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Abnormal development of the spinal cord, especially in the lumbar or lumbo-sacral region.
2Abnormal development of one or more types of blood cell (erythrocytes, leukocytes, or thrombocytes); any of a group of disorders characterized by this, presenting with anaemia, leukopenia, or thrombocytopenia (or any combination of these), and sometimes progressing to acute myeloid leukaemia.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in American Journal of the Medical Sciences. In sense 1 from German Myelodysplasie.
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