carcinoma

noun
car·​ci·​no·​ma | \ ˌkär-sə-ˈnō-mə How to pronounce carcinoma (audio) \
plural carcinomas also carcinomata\ ˌkär-​sə-​ˈnō-​mə-​tə How to pronounce carcinomata (audio) \

Definition of carcinoma

: a malignant tumor of epithelial origin

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Other Words from carcinoma

carcinomatous \ ˌkär-​sə-​ˈnō-​mə-​təs How to pronounce carcinomatous (audio) \ adjective

Examples of carcinoma in a Sentence

four deaths attributable to carcinoma

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Goudge, the California patient, had been fighting a rare condition called fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma since 2001. Fox News, "Doctors explore lifting barriers to living organ donation," 10 Sep. 2018 Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common type of invasive breast cancer, and begins in the lining of the milk ducts before spreading to the surrounding tissue. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Teen chooses homeschooling to help paralyzed mom diagnosed with 2 cancers," 27 Aug. 2018 Basal cell carcinoma, the type of cancer Griffith describes, affects the bottom of the outermost layer of skin, according to the Mayo Clinic. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Melanie Griffith Posted a 'Bandaged' Selfie After Undergoing Dermabrasion Following Her Skin Cancer Treatment," 28 Aug. 2018 Jennifer Burkholder, who has two other children in addition to Emma, was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer and invasive ductal carcinoma in July. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Teen chooses homeschooling to help paralyzed mom diagnosed with 2 cancers," 27 Aug. 2018 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 From hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer, the average increase of annual deaths was 2.1 percent, but rose to 3 percent from 2008 to 2016, according to the study. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Liver damage, liver cancer spiked over last decade -- with alcohol, unemployment seen as factors: study," 19 July 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 far as cancer treatments go, treating a basal cell carcinoma is a cinch. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Skin Cancer: A Visual Guide to Identifying Warning Signs on Your Body," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of carcinoma

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carcinoma

Latin, from Greek karkinōma cancer, from karkinos

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The first known use of carcinoma was in 1601

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carcinoma

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carcinoma

medical : a type of cancer

carcinoma

noun
car·​ci·​no·​ma | \ ˌkärs-ᵊn-ˈō-mə How to pronounce carcinoma (audio) \
plural carcinomas also carcinomata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce carcinomata (audio) \

Medical Definition of carcinoma

: a malignant tumor of epithelial origin — compare sarcoma

Other Words from carcinoma

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

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