gli·​o·​ma glē-ˈō-mə How to pronounce glioma (audio) glī- How to pronounce glioma (audio)
plural gliomas also gliomata glē-ˈō-mə-tə How to pronounce glioma (audio) glī- How to pronounce glioma (audio)
: a tumor arising from glial cells

Examples of glioma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The drug blocks a specific enzyme mutated in low-grade gliomas, keeping them from progressing and postponing the need for further treatment like chemotherapy. Devika Rao, The Week, 5 June 2023 Glioma is a common type of tumor originating in the brain, and gliomas make up about 33% of all brain tumors, according to John Hopkins Medicine. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2023 First reported in Cell in 2015, research led by Stanford neuro-oncologist Michelle Monje showed that active nerve cells could promote the growth of high-grade gliomas, a form of brain cancer with a poor prognosis. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 1 Nov. 2023 Low-grade gliomas usually strike people in their 30s or 40s, growing slowly but relentlessly. Robert Langreth,, 4 June 2023 The donation comes from Don and Stacy Rosenberg, who lost their eight-year-old daughter, Amanda, to brain stem glioma, a type of central nervous system tumor, in 1986. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 May 2023 Meanwhile, American researchers found that patients with astrocytoma – the most common glioma – are more likely to have T.gondii infections. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2011 Three years ago, Michelle Monje, a pediatric neuro-oncologist at Stanford University, and her colleagues began a trial testing a CAR-T therapy for diffuse midline glioma, a brain cancer that primarily affects pediatric and young adult patients and occurs in places like the brain stem and thalamus. Angus Chen, STAT, 6 Apr. 2023 Even more intriguing, the scientists found that those who took antihistamines to combat their allergies also had a higher chance of getting glioma. Patrick Morgan, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2011

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Word History


New Latin, from glia

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of glioma was in 1870

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“Glioma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


gli·​o·​ma glī-ˈō-mə How to pronounce glioma (audio) glē- How to pronounce glioma (audio)
plural gliomas also gliomata -mət-ə How to pronounce glioma (audio)
: a tumor arising from glial cells
gliomatous adjective

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