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

Examples of melanoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her dermatologist biopsied it and diagnosed it as melanoma about a week later. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Tamra Judge First Noticed Her Melanoma During a Massage," 19 Oct. 2020 Previously, Judge posted a photo of her melanoma on Instagram, highlighting just how small and innocuous-looking some skin cancers can be. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Tamra Judge First Noticed Her Melanoma During a Massage," 19 Oct. 2020 Nope; if this was melanoma, it would be limited to a single nail. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "His Fingernails Were Purple but Didn’t Hurt. What Was This?," 15 Oct. 2020 Two of these therapies are used for treating melanoma, and the other is for treating head and neck cancer. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "A Common Plant Virus Is an Unlikely Ally in the War on Cancer," 5 Oct. 2020 In December 2017, a mole on Jeannelle’s head proved to be pediatric melanoma. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, "Westfield rallies around football team manager fighting cancer: ‘We need her and she needs us'," 14 June 2020 Ten years ago, only one in five patients with metastatic melanoma would have benefited from treatments. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Coronavirus pandemic could impact cancer rates and care in the future," 25 Sep. 2020 The rarity of pediatric melanoma means there are often more questions than answers about what comes next. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, "Westfield rallies around football team manager fighting cancer: ‘We need her and she needs us'," 14 June 2020 Jeff Habermel, a cancer survivor, received two different immunotherapies at the Brown Cancer Center in the course of treatment for three different cancers, including metastasized melanoma, according to the release. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "University of Louisville receives $11.5 million federal grant for cancer immunotherapy," 18 Sep. 2020

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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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10 Nov 2020

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“Melanoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melanoma. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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melanoma

noun
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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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