Origin of sarcoma
New Latin, from Greek sarkōmat-, sarkōma fleshy growth, from sarkoun to grow flesh, from sark-, sarx
First Known Use: 1804
Medical Definition of sarcoma
plural sarcomas also sarcomata \-mət-ə\play
: a malignant tumor arising in tissue of mesodermal origin (as connective tissue, bone, cartilage, or striated muscle) that spreads by extension into neighboring tissue or by way of the bloodstream—compare carcinoma
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