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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She was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, the earliest version of breast cancer where abnormal cells are found in milk ducts. Meredith Cohn,, "Patient with terminal cancer sues University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center over her care," 28 Aug. 2019 Following her initial diagnosis 10 years ago, Gabe’s adenoid cystic carcinoma returned in 2016 and 2017, according to her website. Maria Pasquini,, "Gabriele Grunewald’s Husband Says ‘Every Day Hurts Differently’ Following Her Death," 23 Aug. 2019 Prosecutors say a second patient died of squamous cell carcinoma after Levy misdiagnosed the patient with another form of carcinoma. CBS News, "Former VA pathologist charged in deaths of 3 veterans," 21 Aug. 2019 Adenoid cystic carcinoma is most commonly found in the salivary glands of the head and neck. Samantha Bresnahan, CNN, "In the fight for her life, young professional runner isn't slowing down," 14 Mar. 2018 In another case, a patient with small cell carcinoma died after the patient was treated for the wrong type of cancer. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Doctor accused of being drunk at work indicted in deaths of three patients," 21 Aug. 2019 She was diagnosed in January with stage 3 ovarian clear cell carcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. Kaiser Health News,, "The extraordinary final days of a hospice leader, and what they tell us about a good death," 10 Aug. 2019 Serous carcinomas are the most common kind, according to the ACS. Korin Miller, SELF, "The Three Types of Ovarian Cancer You Should Know," 1 Nov. 2018 Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, with approximately 4 million new cases diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Christina Oehler,, "This 24-Year-Old Thought the Tiny Spot Under Her Eye Was a Pimple. It Turned Out to Be Skin Cancer," 6 Aug. 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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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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