basal cell


Definition of basal cell

: one of the innermost cells of the deeper epidermis of the skin

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Recent Examples on the Web According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the most common type of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, which can appear on the upper lip—particularly the outer part next to the lip rather than the lip itself. Claire Gillespie,, "Sunburned Lips: The Best Ways to Soothe and Heal Them, According to Dermatologists," 2 July 2020 Thinking the spot on his ear could be basal cell again, a biopsy was taken. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha County Board Chairman Paul Decker beats cancer a third time — a second time just this year," 5 Nov. 2019 The much more common, and less serious types, are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, Schneider said. Mary Grace Keller,, "Preventing skin cancer starts with sunscreen no matter the time of year, Westminster dermatologist says," 15 Oct. 2019 The governor’s office said biopsies of skin removed from his forehead confirmed a basal cell carcinoma, or a mild form of skin cancer. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Governor’s staff says photo of Dunleavy, Stevens and Babcock was altered," 5 Oct. 2019 Worley called him that night and told him that his basal cell carcinoma was misdiagnosed, Darner said. Anchorage Daily News, "How Veterans Affairs failed to stop a pathologist who misdiagnosed 3,000 cases," 30 Aug. 2019 Keri Lynn Noble was first diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma — a type of skin cancer — in 2016. Fox News, "Ex-cheerleader's skin cancer left her with graphic, gaping hole in head," 25 July 2019 The applications of RADiant include non-melanoma skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Radiant Therapy, USA TODAY, "New technology helps treat skin cancer without surgery," 8 July 2019 According to Mayo Clinic, basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that is thought to be caused by long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight. Temi Adebowale, Good Housekeeping, "Melanie Griffith Makes Plea to Fans After Revealing "Final Stage" to Remove Skin Cancer," 27 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of basal cell

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Basal cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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: one of the innermost cells of the deeper epidermis of the skin

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