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A decrease below normal levels in the concentration of neutrophils in the blood, (neutrophil – a type of white cell.)

The principal phagocyte (microbe-eating cell) in the blood; this blood cell is the main cell that combats infections. Often, it is not present in sufficient quantities in patients with acute leukaemia or after chemotherapy. A severe deficiency of neutrophils increases the patient’s susceptibility to infection. A neutrophil may be called a “poly” (polymorphonuclear neutrophil) or “seg” (segmented neutrophil) because its nucleus has several lobes.


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