Kaposi's sarcoma

noun
Ka·​po·​si's sarcoma | \ ˈka-pə-sēz- How to pronounce Kaposi's sarcoma (audio) also -shēz-, kə-ˈpō-sēz- How to pronounce Kaposi's sarcoma (audio) \

Definition of Kaposi's sarcoma

: 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

First Known Use of Kaposi's sarcoma

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Kaposi's sarcoma

Moritz Kaposi †1902 Hungarian dermatologist

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“Kaposi's sarcoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kaposi%27s%20sarcoma. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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Kaposi's sarcoma

noun
Ka·​po·​si's sarcoma | \ ˈkap-ə-zēz- How to pronounce Kaposi's sarcoma (audio) , kə-ˈpō- How to pronounce Kaposi's sarcoma (audio) , -sēz- How to pronounce Kaposi's sarcoma (audio) \

Medical Definition of Kaposi's sarcoma

: 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

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