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 carcinoma (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 carcinoma (audio) \ adjective

Examples of carcinoma in a Sentence

four deaths attributable to carcinoma
Recent Examples on the Web Within two weeks of her routine mammogram at Solis Mammography in Paris, Texas, she’d been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ and had a lumpectomy. Allison Hatfield, Dallas News, "Innovative surgical procedure helps breast cancer survivors feel hugs again," 9 Nov. 2020 Diagnosed with Stage 2 invasive lobular carcinoma, a slow-growing cancer, Williams underwent a mastectomy and radiation treatment. Kate Santich,, "Breast cancer screenings take on new urgency amid COVID," 15 Oct. 2020 In 2020, doctors will diagnose more than 279,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 64,000 new cases of carcinoma in situs (the earliest form of breast cancer and noninvasive). Dallas News, "Through Real Men Wear Pink, guys help raise awareness about — and money for — breast cancer," 8 Oct. 2020 In December of 2019 before Christmas, Parker was diagnosed at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital with stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma triple negative breast cancer at age 41. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Spring resident Tova Parker channels positive energy to overcome breast cancer," 6 Oct. 2020 But that November Piccolo was found to have embryonic cell carcinoma of the lungs. George Vecsey, New York Times, "Gale Sayers Dies; Elusive Hall of Fame Running Back Was 77," 23 Sep. 2020 When Krokos, suffering from renal cell carcinoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, first applied for compassionate release last year, the bureau opposed it, saying the illnesses were not terminal and treatment had been successful. Washington Post, "Frail inmates could be sent home to prevent the spread of covid-19. Instead, some are dying in federal prisons.," 3 Aug. 2020 My grandfather had passed away after an aggressive esophageal carcinoma spread to multiple organs like marbles on a tile floor. Yoshiko Iwai, Scientific American, "Medical Schools Need to Get Better at Addressing Structural Racism," 2 Aug. 2020 The idea was to screen for a type of head and neck cancer known as nasopharyngeal carcinoma, which is prevalent in Southeast Asia and has been linked to EBV. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "Microbial signatures in the blood could offer new avenue for liquid biopsies to detect cancer," 11 Mar. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of carcinoma

medical : a type of cancer


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

Medical Definition of carcinoma

: a malignant tumor of epithelial origin — compare sarcoma

Other Words from carcinoma

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

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