granuloma

noun

gran·​u·​lo·​ma ˌgran-yə-ˈlō-mə How to pronounce granuloma (audio)
plural granulomas also granulomata ˌgran-yə-ˈlō-mə-tə How to pronounce granuloma (audio)
: a mass or nodule of chronically inflamed tissue with granulations that is usually associated with an infective process
granulomatous adjective

Examples of granuloma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the American Lung Association, Sarcoidosis occurs when granulomas — or tiny groups of inflamed tissue — form in various organs, especially the lungs, after the immune system overreacts. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 6 June 2024 Sarcoidosis Sarcoidosis causes immune cells to form small, red lumps (granulomas) in the body that swell. Amanda Gardner, Health, 1 June 2024 The relationship between granuloma annulare and diabetes is somewhat controversial, but a small 2017 study did find that subjects with the rash had elevated blood sugar levels. Elizabeth Woolley, Verywell Health, 15 Apr. 2024 The immune system tries to deal with it, and hard clusters of immune cells called granulomas form. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 19 Mar. 2024 Those eggs clog the lungs, spleen, liver and hearts of hosts along with immune cells called granulomas that fight them. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Henderson reportedly suffers from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease in which the immune system overreacts, causing groups of cells to form clusters of inflamed tissue called ‘granulomas’ in one or more body organs. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 26 Sep. 2023 As a result, abscesses, or granulomas — clumps of immune cells — can form throughout the body and interfere with organ function. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 10 Oct. 2023 According to the Mayo Clinic, the disease is characterized by the growth of granulomas — tiny groups of inflammatory cells — in any part of the body, most commonly the lungs and lymph nodes. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of granuloma was in 1861

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“Granuloma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/granuloma. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

granuloma

noun
gran·​u·​lo·​ma ˌgran-yə-ˈlō-mə How to pronounce granuloma (audio)
plural granulomas also granulomata -mət-ə How to pronounce granuloma (audio)
: a mass or nodule of chronically inflamed tissue with granulations that is usually associated with an infective process

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