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melanoma

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noun mel·a·no·ma \ˌme-lə-ˈnō-mə\

Simple Definition of melanoma

  • medical : a type of cancer or tumor that begins as a dark spot or area on the skin

Full Definition of melanoma

plural mel·a·no·mas also mel·a·no·ma·taplay play \-mə-tə\

  1. 1 :  a tumor containing dark pigment

  2. 2 :  a highly malignant tumor that starts in melanocytes of normal skin or moles and metastasizes rapidly and widely

Origin of melanoma

New Latin


First Known Use: 1838


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melanoma

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noun mel·a·no·ma \ˌmel-ə-ˈnō-mə\

Medical Definition of melanoma

plural mel·a·no·mas also mel·a·no·ma·ta \-mət-ə\play

  1. 1:  a benign or malignant skin tumor containing dark pigment

  2. 2:  a tumor of high malignancy that starts in melanocytes of normal skin or moles and metastasizes rapidly and widely—called also malignant melanoma, melanocarcinoma, melanoepithelioma, melanosarcoma





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