carcinoma

noun
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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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, SFChronicle.com, "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 However, only about 50 percent of mammary tumors are cancerous, with a majority of these cases being carcinoma (arising from the lining of the ducts in the mammary gland), Wustefeld-Janssens said. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "Pet Talk: Mammary tumors in dogs," 20 June 2018 Doctors found a 2-centimeter tumor in her left breast and diagnosed her with invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer. Marilynn Marchione, Houston Chronicle, "Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds," 3 June 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

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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 \
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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