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Kaposi's sarcoma

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noun Ka·po·si's sarcoma \ˈka-pə-sēz- also -shēz-, kə-ˈpō-sēz-\

Definition of Kaposi's sarcoma

  1. :  a neoplastic disease that occurs especially in individuals coinfected with HIV and a specific herpesvirus (species Human herpesvirus 8 of the genus Rhadinovirus), that affects especially the skin and mucous membranes, and that is marked usually by pink to reddish-brown or bluish plaques, macules, papules, or nodules especially on the lower extremities —abbreviation KS



Origin and Etymology of kaposi's sarcoma

Moritz Kaposi †1902 Hungarian dermatologist


First Known Use: 1916


Medical Dictionary

Kaposi's sarcoma

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noun Ka·po·si's sarcoma \ˈkap-ə-zēz-, kə-ˈpō-, -sēz-\

Medical Definition of Kaposi's sarcoma

  1. :  a neoplastic disease affecting especially the skin and mucous membranes, characterized especially by the formation of pink to reddish-brown or bluish tumorous plaques, macules, papules, or nodules especially on the lower extremities, and formerly limited primarily to elderly men in whom it followed a benign course but now being a major and sometimes fatal disease associated with immunodeficient individuals with AIDS—abbreviation KS



Biographical Note for kaposi's sarcoma

Kaposi

\ˈkȯ-pō-shē\play ,

Moritz

(1837–1902), Hungarian dermatologist. Kaposi taught and practiced at a leading clinic of dermatology in Vienna. He was the author of a number of original descriptions of skin diseases including the condition now known as Kaposi's sarcoma.


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