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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Mielosupresión

Myelosuppression (MY-eh-loh-suh-PREH-shun)
A condition in which bone marrow activity is decreased, resulting in fewer red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Myelosuppression is a side effect of some cancer treatments. When myelosuppression is severe, it is called myeloablation.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.