lym·​pho·​ma | \lim-ˈfō-mə \
plural lymphomas also lymphomata\lim-​ˈfō-​mə-​tə \

Definition of lymphoma 

: a usually malignant tumor of lymphoid tissue

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Other Words from lymphoma

lymphomatous \lim-​ˈfō-​mə-​təs \ adjective

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Soon after losing his two best friends to lymphoma and lupus, in Spring 2016, Henry’s beloved mother, Willow Dean Kearse, was killed in a car accident. Jenna Marotta, Vogue, "Brian Tyree Henry Still Roots for the Underdog," 23 Nov. 2018 Four years ago, his lymphoma returned for the fourth time, penetrating his colon, growing uncontrollably. Marie Mccullough,, "FDA expands approval for world's first T-cell therapy," 1 May 2018 Burkitt lymphoma is a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Abby Lee Miller, former 'Dance Moms' star, preliminarily diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma," 19 Apr. 2018 There was Mark’s suicide in 2010, and Andrew died from a resurgence of his lymphoma in 2014. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "How Bernie Madoff Took His Family Down," 19 May 2017 These drugs are used in treatments of cystic fibrosis, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, breast cancer, and other cancers. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Feds: 4 ex-Genentech scientists stole from biotech giant to help startup," 30 Oct. 2018 Her doctors performed surgery to relieve some of the pressure on her spine and gave her a preliminary diagnosis of Burkitt lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Abby Lee Miller Gets Her ‘Sixth and Hopefully Final’ Lumbar Injection," 13 Aug. 2018 California jurors deciding the company's popular Roundup pesticide is responsible for contributing to the man's non- Hodgkin's lymphoma. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: I want the Mueller probe to go on and on," 12 Aug. 2018 McMullin died of complications from lymphoma, said his daughter, Michelle. Bob Goldsborough,, "David McMullin, pastor who championed integration and became housing official, dies at 88," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of lymphoma

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lymphoma

New Latin

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lym·​pho·​ma | \lim-ˈfō-mə \
plural lymphomas also lymphomata\-​mət-​ə \

Medical Definition of lymphoma 

: a usually malignant tumor of lymphoid tissue

Other Words from lymphoma

lymphomatous \-​mət-​əs \ adjective

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