ad·​e·​no·​car·​ci·​no·​ma | \ ˌa-dᵊn-(ˌ)ō-ˌkär-sə-ˈnō-mə How to pronounce adenocarcinoma (audio) \

Definition of adenocarcinoma

: a malignant tumor originating in glandular epithelium

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Other Words from adenocarcinoma

adenocarcinomatous \ -​mə-​təs How to pronounce adenocarcinomatous (audio) \ adjective

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For example, adenocarcinoma is a type of lung cancer that is more common among women -- yet the risk of this lung cancer subtype decreases more slowly than other subtypes when people stop smoking. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Younger American women more likely to get lung cancer than men," 24 May 2018 Six weeks later, Valvano, known as Jimmy V, passed away from metastatic adenocarcinoma. John Maffei,, "Basketball teams to play for more than a win," 1 Feb. 2018 The biopsy results were disheartening: signet ring adenocarcinoma — a gastric cancer, the incidence of which is rising and which is resistant to chemotherapy. Ellen Ciurczak, The Seattle Times, "Mississippi man fights cancer, closes historical restaurant," 20 Jan. 2018 Most breast cancers are a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma that starts in the milk ducts or milk-producing glands. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Myths about breast cancer debunked: Family history often has nothing to do with diagnosis," 10 Oct. 2017 To see if this may be a real problem in humans, the researchers gathered 113 cell samples from human pancreatic cancers (a cancer type called pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "See jerkface bacteria hiding in tumors and gobbling chemotherapy drugs," 17 Sep. 2017 In 2012, he was diagnosed with a form of cancer called signet ring cell adenocarcinoma, which was based in his abdominal area. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police veteran dies after battle with rare cancer," 15 Aug. 2017 A 2014 report from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on smoking concluded that changing cigarette designs have caused an increase in lung adenocarcinomas, and Murthy implicated cigarette filters. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "If I'm Going to Smoke, Should I Smoke Filtered Cigarettes?," 14 July 2017 The cause was adenocarcinoma, said a daughter, Martha Cassidy. Washington Post, "Notable deaths in the Washington area," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of adenocarcinoma

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adenocarcinoma

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

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The first known use of adenocarcinoma was in 1872

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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 adenocarcinomata (audio) \

Medical Definition of adenocarcinoma

: a malignant tumor originating in glandular epithelium

Other Words from adenocarcinoma

adenocarcinomatous \ -​mət-​əs How to pronounce adenocarcinomatous (audio) \ adjective

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