Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

carcinoma

play
noun car·ci·no·ma \ˌkär-sə-ˈnō-mə\

Simple Definition of carcinoma

  • medical : a type of cancer

Full Definition of carcinoma

plural car·ci·no·mas also car·ci·no·ma·taplay play \-mə-tə\

  1. :  a malignant tumor of epithelial origin

car·ci·no·ma·tous play \-ˈnō-mə-təs\ adjective

Examples of carcinoma

  1. four deaths attributable to carcinoma



Origin of carcinoma

Latin, from Greek karkinōma cancer, from karkinos


First Known Use: circa 1721


Medical Dictionary

carcinoma

play
noun car·ci·no·ma \ˌkärs-ən-ˈō-mə\

Medical Definition of carcinoma

plural car·ci·no·mas also car·ci·no·ma·ta \-mət-ə\play

  1. :  a malignant tumor of epithelial origin—compare sarcoma

  2. car·ci·no·ma·tous \-ˈō-mət-əs\play adjective





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up carcinoma? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift kittly-benders pince-nez duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ