a cancer characterized by tumors containing lymphoid cells, occurring esp. in children, in the jaw, eyes, and internal organs: it is associated with the Epstein-Barr virus
Origin of Burkitt's lymphomaafter D. P. Burkitt (1911-93), British surgeon in Uganda who first described it (1958)
An undifferentiated malignant lymphoma usually occurring among children in central Africa, characterized by a large osteolytic lesion in the mandible or by a mass in the retroperitoneal area and associated with the Epstein-Barr virus. Also called Burkitt's tumor.
Origin of Burkitt's lymphomaAfter Denis Parsons Burkitt, (1911–1993), Ugandan physician.
(plural Burkitt's lymphomas or Burkitt's lymphomata)
- A cancer of the lymphatic system.
Named after Denis Parsons Burkitt, a surgeon who first described the disease in 1956.