basal cell

noun

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

Examples of basal cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tanning beds are directly linked to skin cancer, increasing the risk of the two most common types (squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma), along with increasing the chances of developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Korin Miller, Health, 26 Jan. 2024 In addition to helping spot melanoma, which is the most deadly form of skin cancer, the device can also assess moles for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 17 Jan. 2024 There are three types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (which is the most common), squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma (the most dangerous). Beth Sobol, Allure, 29 Nov. 2023 That little patch turned out to be a basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer. Diane Omdahl, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 Doctors determined that the lesion was a form of basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common kind of skin cancer, per the Skin Cancer Foundation. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2023 The form of skin cancer originates in basal cells, a type of cell that produces new skin cells as others die, according to Mayo Clinic. Julianne McShane, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2023 Squamous and basal cells are in the top layer of the skin, called the epidermis. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2023 The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell cancers. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of basal cell was in 1889

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“Basal cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basal%20cell. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

basal cell

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