melanoma

noun
mel·​a·​no·​ma | \ ˌme-lə-ˈnō-mə How to pronounce melanoma (audio) \
plural melanomas also melanomata\ ˌme-​lə-​ˈnō-​mə-​tə How to pronounce melanomata (audio) \

Definition of melanoma

1 : a tumor containing dark pigment
2 : a highly malignant tumor that starts in melanocytes of normal skin or moles and metastasizes rapidly and widely

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ImmuneFx now is being tested in clinical trials on humans with cutaneous melanoma, one of the most common types of skin cancer. Justine Griffin, orlandosentinel.com, "A vaccine for cancer? Tampa company is working on it," 21 Aug. 2019 Two years ago, the North Park resident was diagnosed with melanoma, which started with a sore on her toe. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Friendly Visitor’ program matches volunteers with seniors for lasting friendships," 19 Aug. 2019 Dear Amy: My husband passed away a few years ago from melanoma. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Late husband’s mothers plan elaborate funeral and pin wife with the enormous bill," 28 July 2019 Dear Amy: My husband passed away a few years ago from melanoma. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "After husband’s death, wife gets stuck with the bill," 28 July 2019 Dear Amy: My husband passed away a few years ago from melanoma. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Widow stuck with $20K funeral bill," 28 July 2019 Cruse has suffered from melanoma and lost part of his larynx to cancer. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Lawsuit: Residents near Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant have been 'sacrificial lambs'," 30 June 2019 In February, doctors diagnosed Yockey with melanoma, which has spread to his bones. Gabriel Kinder, CNN, "Farmers save a neighbor's harvest when cancer sidelines him," 31 July 2019 More information could be lifesaving: For instance, diagnoses of melanoma, the most lethal type of skin cancer, are increasing. Kim Tingley, New York Times, "When You Wear Sunscreen, You’re Taking Part in a Safety Study," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of melanoma

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for melanoma

melan- (in melanosis, melanotic) + -oma

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melanoma

noun

English Language Learners Definition of melanoma

medical : a type of cancer or tumor that begins as a dark spot or area on the skin

melanoma

noun
mel·​a·​no·​ma | \ ˌmel-ə-ˈnō-mə How to pronounce melanoma (audio) \
plural melanomas also melanomata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce melanomata (audio) \

Medical Definition of melanoma

1 : a benign or malignant skin tumor containing dark pigment
2 : a tumor of high malignancy that starts in melanocytes of normal skin or moles and metastasizes rapidly and widely

called also malignant melanoma, melanocarcinoma, melanoepithelioma, melanosarcoma

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