basal cell

noun

Definition of basal cell 

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

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According to Jaliman, people with XP have a high risk of developing every type of skin cancer — from basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers to melanoma. PEOPLE.com, "For Children with This Rare Life-Threatening Skin Condition, Sunlight Can Kill," 23 Mar. 2018 The study also revealed for the first time a higher rate of non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, among flight attendants. Alice Park, Time, "Flight Attendants Have Higher Rates of Many Cancers, Study Says," 26 June 2018 Having a basal cell carcinoma may not seem all that scary. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Skin Cancer: A Visual Guide to Identifying Warning Signs on Your Body," 2 July 2018 As Allure previously reported, basal cell carcinoma is one of the top two most common types of skin cancer, the other one being squamous cell carcinoma. Emily Wang, Allure, "Caitlyn Jenner Just Revealed That She Had Skin Cancer Removed From Her Nose," 20 Mar. 2018 Hay was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma in 2005, a form of skin cancer that is now covered under the Zadroga Act. Holly Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Responders struggle with lingering effects of Sept. 11," 11 Sep. 2016 People reported that the former Olympic gold medalist had received treatment for basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kashmira Gander, Newsweek, "What Is Basal-cell Carcinoma?: Caitlyn Jenner Has Sun Damage Removed From Her Nose," 21 Mar. 2018 Jenner had a cancerous basal cell carcinoma removed, according to People. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Caitlyn Jenner Gets Sun Damage Removed From Her Nose: 'Always Wear Your Sunblock!'," 20 Mar. 2018 There are other types of skin cancers that are less concerning, mainly squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, which tend to be (thankfully) much more common than melanoma. House Call Doctor Sanaz Majd, Scientific American, "When to Worry About a Mole," 10 Mar. 2018

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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basal cell

noun

Medical Definition of basal cell 

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

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