car·​ci·​no·​ma | \ ˌkär-sə-ˈnō-mə \
plural carcinomas also carcinomata\ ˌkär-​sə-​ˈnō-​mə-​tə \

Definition of carcinoma

: a malignant tumor of epithelial origin

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Other Words from carcinoma

carcinomatous \ ˌkär-​sə-​ˈnō-​mə-​təs \ adjective

Examples of carcinoma in a Sentence

four deaths attributable to carcinoma

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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 Some people are at higher risk than others for developing Merkel cell carcinoma. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "What to Know About Merkel Cell Carcinoma, a Rare Form of Skin Cancer That's on the Rise," 23 Feb. 2018 The ban, signed into law Tuesday, appears problematic for pale-skinned, sun-worshiping environmentalists who love to snorkel and have an aversion to carcinoma. Peter Fimrite,, "Hawaii to ban sunscreen that damages coral," 7 July 2018 Basal Cell Carcinoma Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. 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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English Language Learners Definition of carcinoma

medical : a type of cancer


car·​ci·​no·​ma | \ ˌkärs-ᵊn-ˈō-mə \
plural carcinomas also carcinomata\ -​mət-​ə \

Medical Definition of carcinoma

: a malignant tumor of epithelial origin — compare sarcoma

Other Words from carcinoma

carcinomatous \ -​ˈō-​mət-​əs \ adjective

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