adenocarcinoma

noun

ad·​e·​no·​car·​ci·​no·​ma ˌa-də-(ˌ)nō-ˌkär-sə-ˈnō-mə How to pronounce adenocarcinoma (audio)
: a malignant tumor originating in glandular epithelium
adenocarcinomatous adjective

Examples of adenocarcinoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Squamous cell carcinomas develop in the airways of the lungs, as opposed to adenocarcinomas that develop on the outer edges of the lungs. Sanja Jelic, Verywell Health, 17 Nov. 2023 An aggressive cancer featuring adenocarcinomas, cancer that develops in the glands that line your organs, and carcinoids, a type of slow-growing tumor. USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2024 However, lung adenocarcinoma can also manifest in abdominal pain, bone pain, headaches, and/or mucus secretion: symptoms that aren’t necessarily specific to lung cancer and that may cause the cancer to be misdiagnosed. Eva Epker, Forbes, 27 Nov. 2023 In May, researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York reported a similar breakthrough with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the most common pancreatic cancer, a disease with a mortality rate of 88 percent. Kenneth Miller, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2023 Women are more likely than men to develop lung adenocarcinoma (cancer that develops in the cells that line the outside of the lungs) while men are more likely than women to develop squamous cell carcinoma (cancer that develops in the cells that line the inside of the lungs’ airways). Eva Epker, Forbes, 27 Nov. 2023 The Cleveland Clinic describes adenocarcinoma on its website as a type of cancer that develops in the glands that line the organs and can spread throughout different parts of the body. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 And on top of all that, in 2018, his mother got diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma, the same type of cancer Young ultimately got. Simar Bajaj, STAT, 18 Aug. 2023 According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, metastatic adenocarcinoma happens when adenocarcinoma cancer cells begin in one area and spread to other parts of the body. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from German Adenocarcinome, from adeno- adeno- + Carcinome carcinoma

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adenocarcinoma was in 1872

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“Adenocarcinoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adenocarcinoma. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

adenocarcinoma

noun
ad·​e·​no·​car·​ci·​no·​ma -ˌkärs-ᵊn-ˈō-mə How to pronounce adenocarcinoma (audio)
plural adenocarcinomas also adenocarcinomata -mət-ə How to pronounce adenocarcinoma (audio)
: a malignant tumor originating in glandular epithelium
adenocarcinomatous adjective

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