astrocytoma

noun

as·​tro·​cy·​to·​ma ˌa-strə-sī-ˈtō-mə How to pronounce astrocytoma (audio)
plural astrocytomas also astrocytomata ˌa-strə-sī-ˈtō-mə-tə How to pronounce astrocytoma (audio)
: a nerve-tissue tumor composed of astrocytes

Examples of astrocytoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Burke’s death comes a little more than a week after her family decided to stop her treatment for a grade 4 astrocytoma tumor. Moira Ritter The Charlotte Observer (tns), al, 1 May 2023 However, on March 28, preliminary biopsy results revealed that Burke was suffering from a grade 4 astrocytoma tumor. Moira Ritter The Charlotte Observer (tns), al, 1 May 2023 The tumor was biopsied and Will was diagnosed with stage 3 astrocytoma, a cancer that is known to occur in the brain or spinal cord, according to the Mayo Clinic. Wendy Grossman Kantor, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2023 Meanwhile, American researchers found that patients with astrocytoma – the most common glioma – are more likely to have T.gondii infections. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2011 The officer had first been diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma in 2016 at the age of 32. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 4 Dec. 2022 Visits to doctors led to an MRI and an anaplastic astrocytoma diagnosis. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Jan. 2020 Tia has been diagnosed with an aggressive astrocytoma, a type of brain tumor that is in a difficult place. Roxana Robinson, New York Times, 27 June 2018 That analysis gave a name to our monster: anaplastic astrocytoma. Beth Kassab, OrlandoSentinel.com, 23 May 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

astrocyte + -oma

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of astrocytoma was in 1901

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“Astrocytoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/astrocytoma. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

astrocytoma

noun
as·​tro·​cy·​to·​ma ˌas-trə-sī-ˈtō-mə How to pronounce astrocytoma (audio)
plural astrocytomas also astrocytomata -mət-ə How to pronounce astrocytoma (audio)
: a nerve-tissue tumor composed of astrocytes
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