bone marrow suppression

bone marrow suppression
suppression of bone marrow activity, resulting in reduction in the number of platelets, red cells, and white cells, as in aplastic anemia or secondary to chemotherapy or radiation therapy. It may also be induced intentionally prior to bone marrow transplantation. See also myeloablation, and see bone marrow failure, under failure. Called also myelosuppression.

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