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
Recent Examples on the Web His 2017 diagnosis of invasive ductile carcinoma was triggered by a mutation of his BRCA2 gene, which can raise the risk of developing breast, prostate and ovarian cancers. Lauren Caruba,, "He was embarrassed by his breast cancer diagnosis. Now, he wants others to know men are at risk, too.," 28 Dec. 2019 Worley called him that night and told him that his basal cell carcinoma was misdiagnosed, Darner said. Anchorage Daily News, "How Veterans Affairs failed to stop a pathologist who misdiagnosed 3,000 cases," 30 Aug. 2019 Her sister had been diagnosed with LCIS (lobular carcinoma in situ) a month prior, an abnormal cell growth that increases one’s risk of eventually developing invasive breast cancer. Amanda Klarsfeld,, "Breast cancer-free for 8 years, mom of 2 ‘chases sunsets now’," 11 Oct. 2019 The applications of RADiant include non-melanoma skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Radiant Therapy, USA TODAY, "New technology helps treat skin cancer without surgery," 8 July 2019 In August 2018, her cancer returned again—this time as mucoepidermoid carcinoma, or cancer of the salivary glands. Korin Miller,, "This 32-Year-Old Teacher Wrote Her Own Obituary Before Dying of Cancer—and Now It's Going Viral," 8 Oct. 2019 In fall 2013, she was diagnosed with thymic carcinoma, a rare, aggressive cancer. Hal Boedeker,, "Wendy Chioji: A warrior who won at life," 16 Oct. 2019 The much more common, and less serious types, are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, Schneider said. Mary Grace Keller,, "Preventing skin cancer starts with sunscreen no matter the time of year, Westminster dermatologist says," 15 Oct. 2019 The governor’s office said biopsies of skin removed from his forehead confirmed a basal cell carcinoma, or a mild form of skin cancer. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Governor’s staff says photo of Dunleavy, Stevens and Babcock was altered," 5 Oct. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Carcinoma.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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 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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